Without doubt a group of lilies that will go a long way. Especially for garden use this group of lilies has outstanding qualities.
Lily hybridizers breeding garden lilies already know for over 50 year that Trumpet lilies are vigorous and disease resistant plants. But since the use of chemicals in Holland is restricted more and more the demand for strong and healthy growing lilies increased rapidly in the cut flower industry. So also the professional Dutch lily cut flower breeder started to use indestructible garden plants like the old fashioned trumpet lily to create stronger and more disease resistant lilies. By using different ways of modern embryo rescue techniques they succeeded to breed the graceful Japanese Oriëntal lilies with the strong American Trumpet lilies. The results are astonishing, beautiful lilies, not only for the cutting industry, also great for garden use.
The word O.T. lily is the shortening for “Oriëntal lily x Trumpet lily. O.T. lilies are the results of crosspollinations between these two groups of lilies and in America they are also known as ‘Oriënpet lilies’.
The first group, the Oriëntal lilies, have their origin mainly in Japan and Holland. This group is raised by breeding species lilies like L. auratum, L. rubellum. L. japonicum, L. speciosum and L. nobilisinum.
The second group are mainly developed in America, to create these lilies they used L. regale, L. sargentiae, L. henryi en L. sulphureum.
So by breeding these two groups, the Oriëntal end the Trumpet lilies they created a new group of lilies with a potpourri of sometimes 10 different species genes.
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