Care and Handling Tips:
Oriental Hybrids have much larger blooms than Asiatics and are usually very fragrant.
Many new varieties are now "O.T" or "Orienpets" which are a cross between Oriental x Trumpet and feature bold new colors and larger blooms.
Should be purchased with tight buds beginning to show colour.
New, improved varieties are stronger and perform better.
Many new varieties are introduced each year , many with interesting new colours and 2 tone colorations.
- Prepare vases with filtered water to prelude the presence of chlorine. If flower food is available, mix the appropriate quantity into the water.
- Procees to cutting 1/2 - 1 inch off your flower stems at an angle (with a sharp knife, NOT scissors), and immediately place them into the water. If possible, cut the stems under water which helps prevent bubbles from forming inside the stems.
- Once the flowers have been trimmed, keep them at a cool temperature out of direct sunlight and in a location with good airflow.