Bulb Propagation – Lilies

Why Bulbs? Because bulbs can reproduce easily, they can create multiple shoots from a mother plant.
A plant has one bulb which produces offsets at the edge of its basal plate.
The parent bulb provides nourishment to the daughters as they grow. In time, the daughter bulbs will be healthy and large enough to start flowering by themselves. The offsets are actual actively growing plants; meaning that they require different handling than bulbs that are dormant. You will have to dig and divide them a clump at a time. This reduces the risk of drying out the roots.
Our Steps.
1. We prepare the soil first by adding organic matter and fertilizer to the punnets.
2. We place each bulb in a separate punnet.
3. We dig up the bulbs of the mother plants and remove one clump at a time. We might end up with 50 bulbs at once.
4. Then we cover our bulbs with wet newspaper as we work to prevent them from drying out.
5. We separate the bulbs quickly and carefully by gently twisting and rocking the bulbs back and forth. This helps separate them easily.
6. We replant as many as we can.
7. We water the newly planted bulbs regularly with drip irrigation. This is important because we want the roots from the offsets to re-establish themselves quickly so the leaves get nourishment. This allows the bulbs to store more food and flowerearlier.

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