Lily 'bulblets'

KT53KT53 Posts: 2,155

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.


  • lisa masseylisa massey Posts: 252

    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.

  • Shoz2Shoz2 Posts: 15

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

  • KT53KT53 Posts: 2,155

    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?

  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,122

    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.

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener LeicsPosts: 6,504

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

    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. image  A few scales usually fall off anyway when re-potting them.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • KT53KT53 Posts: 2,155

    Thanks Mike.  Very informative.

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