Posted: 01/06/2013 at 20:18
Hi Peter, those small stems are from bulbils, which are new baby lily bulbs which have developed on the side of the main bulbs. Next spring, before the lilies are showing shoots, you can tip the pot out, separate the young bulbs and grow them on in another pot. In a few years they will flower just like their parents. Alternatively, you can just leave them be and they will eventually grow into a large clump, but it would be better to plant the whole lot into (ideally) the ground, or a larger pot if you want to do that as they will eventually starve if kept in the same pot when they have used up all of the nutrients and space.