Did you know there are over 110 different species of the lily family? In fact, new varieties and hybrids are constantly under development. One very special mix, the OT Hybrid (also called an Orienpet), has been making quite the name for itself, and demand for this particular flora keeps climbing higher and higher.
An OT Hybrid is a breed created by crossing Oriental and Trumpet lily types. These hybrids were originally developed to bring a more diverse color palette to traditional Oriental lilies. Before OT Hybrids, all Oriental lilies were white or pink, but these new OTs capture the wonderfully warm reds, oranges, and yellows of Trumpet lilies, with the shape, durability, and longevity of an Oriental. These flowers maintain a delicate citrus-green scent, which is pleasantly light and not as powerful like some of their more aromatic sisters.
Growing Great OT Hybrid Lilies
In order to grow quality OT Hybrids, you must ensure the plants receive sufficient heat and light throughout the entire growing cycle. OT Hybrids require at least 16 hours of light a day in order to form their thick, sturdy stems.
In addition to plenty of light, OT Hybrids also need cool (but not cold evening) in order for saturation of color in their petals. Coastal climates are often the perfect environment to grow lilies.
Two of the original Sonatas were Yelloween and Shocking -- these two have proven to be tried-and-true varieties and are still being offered today. Not only that, there are an array of varieties which circle back to the traditional Oriental palate, with pink and purple tones such as Table Dance, Timezone, Candy Club, and African Lady.