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12/03/2014 at 15:43

I left my oriental lilies in their pots over winter and now, dozens of small red bulblets have started to shoot.  What should I do with them.  I've grown lilies in pots for a number of years but never seen anything like this before.

12/03/2014 at 15:52

I repotted mine last year and put all the babies into a pot of there own. I don't know if they'll come on to flower at any point, but they're showing through, so fingers crossed.

12/03/2014 at 16:53

They will flower eventually but may take a year or 2. Depends if you want more of the same or not..........

12/03/2014 at 18:19

I'm planning to shift the main bulbs from the pots into the borders.  Can I just put the little uns in as well or should they be potted up?

12/03/2014 at 18:52

I'd pot up the bulblets separately in some gritty compost for a year or two to let them mature, they will be perfectly happy with a feed and take up little space. Keep frost free over the next few years and then replant wherever you want them. Free bulbs.

12/03/2014 at 19:03

Agree with Dave.  It'll take 3-5 years before they are of flowering size, but at that price it's worth the wait.

If anyone wants to propagate lilies, break a few of the outer scales off of large bulbs and place them in a plastic bag with some damp compost.  Put them somewhere warm and dark for a few weeks and little bulbils will form.  Pot those up, apply tlc and away you go.   A few scales usually fall off anyway when re-potting them.

12/03/2014 at 21:30

Thanks Mike.  Very informative.

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