Live From Lilytopia

Live From Lilytopia

Here a lily. There a lily. Everywhere you look a lily.

The East Conservatory at Longwood Gardens was fully decorated with cut lilies earlier this week for the Lilytopia grower symposium and the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers quarterly meeting. Lilytopia, which is Longwood’s new event that showcases the newest lilies Dutch hybridizers have developed, opened last Friday with Dutch Ambassador Renée Jones-Bos serving as a master of ceremonies.

Tens of thousands of visitors have strolled through Longwood’s East Conservatory since Lilytopia kicked off last week in Kennett Square, Pa., and the event remains open through Memorial Day.

But Monday, Longwood served as host to Lilytopia and the Lilytopia Symposium, an educational event designed for cut or potted lily growers. Among the symposium’s speakers were Cornell’s Bill Miller, North Carolina State’s John Dole, the Fred C. Gloeckner Company’s Ron Beck and Arie Peterse, a Dutch breeder at Marklily.

Primarily, Lilytopia was created to get consumers excited about lilies they haven’t seen before or don’t know about. The Lilytopia Symposium was designed to discuss additional ways growers can present cut and potted lilies to consumers, share production tips and give growers who don’t have a history with lilies a crash course in them.

Asiatics, Orientals & The Others

Peterse provided the crash course in cut and potted lilies and discussed market changes in Asiatics, Longiflorems, Orientals, Trumpets and LA, LO and OT hybrids. Asiatics and Orientals still make up a large portion of the lily market in the United States today, but Peterse says the introduction of new hybrids offers great potential for lilies. And those introductions are resulting in market shifts.

The LOs (Longiflorum-Orientals), for example, have multiple possibilities, Peterse says, because of their upright-facing ability. LOs are mostly whites while some are soft pinks or whites with dark centers. They represent a small number of the total lilies in the U.S. market. Peterse says the OTs (Oriental-Trumpets) have great potential, too.

“Orientals will stay important for at least another decade,” Peterse says. “The OTs are becoming more important because of their color, flower position and length, and the LAs (Longiflorum-Asiatics) will stay important.”

OTLAs, a potential super hybrid with characteristics of Orientals, Trumpets, Longiflorums and Asiatics, would be the ultimate lily, Peterse says. But growers shouldn’t expect an OTLA to hit the market for at least a few more years. Dutch breeders are currently experimenting with them.

Lily Research

In addition to Peterse, Cornell’s Miller shared his latest lily research. At Cornell, Miller and his team have been studying post-harvest leaf yellow and upper leaf necrosis in potted lilies. Leaf yellowing typically occurs after lilies have been moved out of cold storage and into the greenhouse. One solution to lessening or avoiding leaf yellowing is gradually exposing lilies to warmer temperatures. The temperature differential between a cooler and the greenhouse can be somewhat shocking to lilies, so Miller suggests moving lilies into a somewhat warmer cooler before exposing them to a greenhouse environment.

Also highly effective in reducing leaf yellowing, Miller says, is a one-to-one mixture of benzyladenine (BA) and Gibberellin 4+7 (GA 4+7). Applying a product like Valent’s Fascination does the trick at Cornell.

Upper leaf necrosis (ULN) is another common greenhouse problem potted lily growers come across. ULN is a calcium deficiency problem that occurs because lily leaves overlap each other and reduce transpiration. It’s a problem more for larger bulbs than smaller ones.

One solution the Cornell research team has found is bending lily leaves back one by one so they can transpire. But no grower in a commercial setting has the time or resources to bend individual potted lily leaves’ back. So instead, Cornell researchers purchased low-end fans at Walmart, set them on the high speeds, attached them to watering booms and put the fans to work blowing leaves back. The experiment was a step forward in eliminating ULN.

For more Lilytopia highlights, stay tuned to GreenhouseGrower.com over the next week.

Leave a Reply

4 comments on “Live From Lilytopia

  1. I was at Longwood gardens for the Lilytopia meetings. If you can make it to Longwood before May 31st to see this amazing display of over 11,000 cut lilies – As the Nike ad says – Just Do It.

  2. I was at Longwood gardens for the Lilytopia meetings. If you can make it to Longwood before May 31st to see this amazing display of over 11,000 cut lilies – As the Nike ad says – Just Do It.

More From Varieties...
phlox-fashionably-early-flamingo-walters-gardens

September 27, 2016

Walters Gardens Partnering With Darwin Colombia On Unrooted Cuttings

Beginning in spring 2017, Darwin Colombia will offer unrooted cuttings of more than 40 varieties of Walters Gardens’ new genetics, including many popular genera such as Agastache, Monarda, Nepeta, and Phlox.

Read More
Streptocarpus Ladyslippers Grape Ice (Green Fuse Botanicals)

September 27, 2016

9 New Blooming Potted Plants To Jazz Up The Home And Garden

Blooming potted plants are the ideal gift for anyone, from a homesick college student to a spouse in need of some cheering up. Check out nine these new introductions hitting the retail market in 2017.

Read More
clematis-taiga-feature

September 24, 2016

Plantarium 2016 Honors Winning Novelty Varieties

Novelties at Plantarium 2016 were judged by an expert committee from the Royal Boskoop Horticultural Society.

Read More
Latest Stories
phlox-fashionably-early-flamingo-walters-gardens

September 27, 2016

Walters Gardens Partnering With Darwin Colombia On Unro…

Beginning in spring 2017, Darwin Colombia will offer unrooted cuttings of more than 40 varieties of Walters Gardens’ new genetics, including many popular genera such as Agastache, Monarda, Nepeta, and Phlox.

Read More
Streptocarpus Ladyslippers Grape Ice (Green Fuse Botanicals)

September 27, 2016

9 New Blooming Potted Plants To Jazz Up The Home And Ga…

Blooming potted plants are the ideal gift for anyone, from a homesick college student to a spouse in need of some cheering up. Check out nine these new introductions hitting the retail market in 2017.

Read More
clematis-taiga-feature

September 24, 2016

Plantarium 2016 Honors Winning Novelty Varieties

Novelties at Plantarium 2016 were judged by an expert committee from the Royal Boskoop Horticultural Society.

Read More
mukgenia-nova-flame-terra-nova-nurseries-feature

September 23, 2016

Growers Offer Advice On How To Grow Mukgenia ‘Nova Flam…

‘Nova Flame’ is best brought in as a summer or fall crop and bulked over the winter.

Read More
deutzia-yuki-snowflake

September 22, 2016

Allan Armitage Suggests Plants That “Even My Neig…

When the urge to garden strikes, every homeowner needs a few plants like these for their yard.

Read More
Phlox 'Pink Profusion' (Green Leaf Plants)

September 13, 2016

Aris Horticulture Names Blair Hoey As Managing Director…

Hoey brings more than 20 years of greenhouse production and management experience to Green Leaf Plants, a young plant supplier of perennials serving the U.S. and Canadian markets.

Read More
hibiscus-hollywood-hot-shot

September 12, 2016

New Variety Award Winners Announced At Farwest 2016

A panel of industry experts, as well as show attendees, selected a thornless blackberry and a hydrangea for the top honors.

Read More

September 7, 2016

Check Out The Best Annuals For Attracting Bees And Butt…

Public interest in protecting bees and other pollinators has initiated a new market for flowers that are good food plants for pollinators. Here's a list of annuals Michigan State University Extension recommends that are attractive to bees and other pollinators.

Read More

September 6, 2016

10 Colorful Spring Plants For Sales In 2017

Trends with plants come and go, but color always sells. These spring crops for 2017 offer color choices ranging from bold and vibrant hues to understated, softer tones, and they’re versatile enough to be used in baskets, containers, beds, and borders.

Read More

September 5, 2016

7 New Shrubs And Foliage Plants For Spring Interest

Perennials and annuals aren’t the only plants that supply spring color to the garden. Shrubs and foliage plants also add color and interest and are a great way to round out your spring product mix.

Read More
Janikia Eckert

September 4, 2016

All-America Selections Presents Achievement Awards At I…

Jim Nau of Ball Horticultural received the AAS Medallion of Honor, while Janika Eckert of Johnny’s Selected Seeds took home the Breeders Cup.

Read More
Phlox 'Pink Profusion' (Green Leaf Plants)

August 30, 2016

14 Cool Season Plants To Kick Off The Spring Season

These new cultivar introductions for 2016 are spring bloomers that can take the cold for early-season sales.

Read More
Penn State University Trial Day

August 26, 2016

How Greenhouse Growers Can Broaden Their Horizons

Allan Armitage says you can learn new ideas to help your business when you get out to visit plant trials and other growers.

Read More

August 23, 2016

Kick Spring Sales Up A Notch With 20 New Plant Introduc…

It’s time to look forward to the spring season and what plants will get your business off to the right start. These 18 new cultivars have all the traits of good breeding — uniform habits, bold colors, showy blooms, good vigor, and excellent branching.

Read More

August 23, 2016

Gardens Alive! Parent Company Buys Zelenka Farms

  Zelenka Farms, which has been in Chapter 11 bankruptcy, says LM Farms, which owns Gardens Alive!, has purchased the company and all of its assets. BFN Operations LLC and its affiliated entities, d/b/a Zelenka Farms, operated one of the largest wholesale nurseries in the U.S. Its products include shrubs, trees, perennials, roses, and groundcovers. The owners of Gardens Alive! have successfully purchased several other companies from bankruptcy and are experienced nursery managers. Niles Kinerk, Chairman of LM Farms, stated that “the opportunity to purchase Zelenka Farms assets and to continue the turnaround that is well underway is exactly the kind of opportunity that we look for. We understand the efforts of the management team led by Eric Ek and others have been successful, and we will support the management team in the coming months and years.” Zelenka Farms operates its six facilities across the key growing regions in the […]

Read More
Coreopsis-UpTickCream-19793-DarwinPerennials

August 20, 2016

Growing Tips On Coreopsis UpTick Series From John Wilso…

Editor’s Note: In this new feature, the Greenhouse Grower varieties team will choose one noteworthy variety each month we think is worth bringing to your attention. Then we’ll share growers’ and breeders’ perspectives on the best ways to produce it successfully at your operation. This month we focus on the hardy Coreopsis UpTick series, winner of Greenhouse Grower’s 2016 Industry’s Choice Medal of Excellence for Breeding. Growing Tips From John Wilson, Seville Farms When asked about producing Coreopsis UpTick, John Wilson says he doesn’t have much to say because it was so easy to grow. Wilson, a Corporate Grower for Seville Farms, says based on the new series’ strong performance during the trialing he has done so far, the nursery ordered a large quantity of the plants for future growing. “If breeders were looking to come up with something that says ‘wow,’ they have done it with the UpTick Series,” […]

Read More
Eucomis arrangement from Golden State Bulb

August 19, 2016

What’s New With Blooming Potted Plants

From exotic orchids and lilies to flashy red cyclamen and jaunty gerberas, new blooming potted plants come in every shape, size, and color.

Read More
Craspedia Golf Ball Beauty (Danziger)

August 19, 2016

Learn How Unconventional Plants Can Be Hidden Gems

According to Kelly Norris, plant breeding inspired by consumer motivations and interests restores our connection with consumers thirsty for out-of-the-ordinary plants.

Read More
[gravityform id="35" title="false" description="false"]