Flower Bud Initiation Week
Lynde Greenhouse & Nursery Blog By: Christina Timm
With the increase in temperature this week let’s hope we can steer clear of the below 0 temps. Now is the time of the year we start wishing for warmer weather and hope that spring comes sooner than later. With the coming of spring the ever-traditional Easter Lily is right around the corner and we are excited to share the growing process with you.
Because Easter is much earlier this year then it was last year, the time it takes for the Easter Lilies to grow needs to be taken into consideration. On December 5 we took our Easter Lilies out of the cooler. From there we moved them to Northside, one of our growing greenhouses, to allow them growing time before Easter. Timing and precision is key when growing a plant for a specific holiday.
The Easter Lily grows in four stages: 1. Emergence, 2. Flower Bud Initiation, 3. Visible Bud, and 4. Open Flower.
1. Emergence. Our Easter Lilies emerged around December 20th, 2017 and later found out we had a 100% emergent rate. This is when new growth emerges above the soil with bright green foliage. Seeing the emergence happen before Christmas was really exciting. In the growing world it is very likely to be one or even two seasons ahead of the game. Just to give you an idea of how far ahead it can be, we start planning for our Easter Lilies in June and make sure we have them ordered by July for the following Easter.
2. Flower Bud Initiation. We are now in the week of flower bud initiation. Flower bud initiation takes place approximately between January 10-20. This is when the flower buds are first visible, but are so small you need a magnifying glass to look for them. This is what we are looking forward to this week.
As our Easter Lilies continue to grow we will keep you posted on bud sightings soon. For more Lily action don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.