Effects of the duration of cold storage, as well as the concentrations, timing, and means of application of a growth regulator solution on the postharvest quality of cut Oriental and Asiatic lilies were evaluated. Without cold storage, lower leaves of Oriental lily `Stargazer' began to turn yellow ≈1 week after placing stem in an interior environment. The development of leaf yellowing continued to progress upward until the end of the vase life when there was an average of >25% chlorotic leaves. Cold storage worsened the leaf disorder. The longer the duration of cold storage, the earlier the development of leaf yellowing and the higher the percentage of leaves that were chlorotic. Spraying leaves with a solution containing 25 mg·L-1 each of BA and GA4+7 significantly reduced cold-storage-induced leaf yellowing and bud abortion in both Oriental and Asiatic lily. Concentration of the growth regulator solution was inversely related to the development of leaf yellowing. Timing of the growth regulator application was not critical, as there were no differences in leaf yellowing or bud development when the growth regulator solution was sprayed before or after the cold storage. Addition of the growth regulators to the preservative solution completely prevented leaf yellowing but also induced bud abortion. For practical application, spraying growth regulators prior to or after the cold storage would significantly improve the postharvest quality of cut lilies.