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Introduction to Asiatic Lilies

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Elegant, alluring and incredibly beautiful, Asiatic Lilies are one of the easiest plants to grow. Asiatic lilies are true lilies from the genus Lilium. The flowers are trumpet shaped and come in almost every shade fathomable. The pointed leaves are a stark green in color and provide exciting contrast to the bright, flamboyant blooms. Asiatic lilies are hybrids popularly propagated through bulbs. They bloom earlier and longer than other varieties of lilies, are hardier and virtually problem free.

Asiatic lilies are one of the most loved flowering plants of our time and find large scale cultivation all round the world. These lovely perennials can grow up to 5 feet tall. They’re noticeably sturdy and even the taller varieties can flourish without staking. Growing Asiatic lilies is simple, effortless and very engaging. Early autumn or late spring offer the best time for planting Asiatic lilies. They thrive on full sun and well draining soil. While they look stunning grown together in small groups, you can also grow Asiatic lilies in containers and pots that can be scattered around in the lawn or used for home décor. Also, being natural magnets to butterflies and hummingbirds, these petite plants find favor with kids and nature enthusiasts alike.

History of Asiatic lilies

Lilies, though incredibly attractive, have always been considered one of the harder to cultivate garden plants. Cornelius de Graaf was one of the earliest hybridizers who set about trying to develop hardier, problem free varieties of lilies. Decades of hard work put in by his great-grandson, Jan de Graaf eventually culminated in the spawn of the Asiatic lily. The hybrids fast gained immense popularity and, have overtaken all other varieties in terms of fame and cultivation. Asiatic lilies symbolize joyous times ahead, an idea that every one growing these wonderful plants will readily vouch for!

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September 20, 2012
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