Forcing Lillies blooms

Pittsburgh, PA(Zone 6b)

Does anyone know the best way to force Asiatic lilies open as a cut flower? We have extremely closed lilies that need to be opened by Saturday. I have been replacing the water regularly with luke warm water and am about to place them under my grow lamps.

Any ideas would be very much appreciated. Thanks

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New Orleans, LA(Zone 8b)

What you're doing sounds about right to me. Are they in a warm location? That will help also. I was going to suggest gently pulling on them as they open, but I remember asiatic lilies bruise very easily so maybe that's not such a good idea. That's about all I know. Good luck!

Birmingham, AL(Zone 7b)

I am sorry I don't have anything to add, but I would love to know how you plant asiatics to force them. I have never forced a bulb before and have tons!!


Pittsburgh, PA(Zone 6b)

No they were not planted. It was for a wedding we were preparing the flowers for, and the lilies came very unopened. So, we tried everything to get them to open in a few days.

Blytheville, AR(Zone 7a)

Did you manage to get the lilies to open before the wedding? Laverne

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