So now that you know all about the different types of lilies from our last blog post, we hope you’re excited about using them the next time you need flowers. If you’re using lilies for a wedding or event, we recommend getting them delivered at least 4-5 days before. Remember, lilies ship with closed buds, so you’ll need to give them time to open. However, if they aren’t opening fast enough, see our handy chart for some tips to help you coax them open:
How to get lilies to open faster:
- Recut the stems to help the flowers take water
- Place stems in deep warm water. Normally you wouldn’t do this as more stems in water means more dirt and bacteria in the water, but in this case you need the extra water depth to help open up the flowers
- Remove stamens/pollen; we don’t have scientific proof of this, but some florists swear that putting some of these into the water makes lilies open faster
- Give them warmth (but careful not to let them bake). Once the lilies start opening, you can move them to a cooler place if you want to slow down the process.
- Watch them bloom and enjoy!
The blooms may not all open overnight, but these steps will certainly get them going in the right direction. Also, you can re-cut the stems after 1-2 days to ensure they keep drinking water (re-cutting removes any bacteria that may have formed at the end that can inhibit the stem from taking in water).
Lastly, lilies are sensitive to ethylene gas. This is a naturally occurring gas that ripens fruit and opens flowers, but too much of it will not be good for your lilies and they may not open. So just avoid placing them next to a big basket of ripening fruit like bananas, apples and pears!
We hope you found this helpful and are inspired to create something beautiful! Remember to check out our Lilies page!