Lilies forum: bulbils

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sallysmom
Jul 8, 2014 10:22 AM CST
I planted a package of 6 lilies. 4 bloomed and 2 did not. However, the 2 that did not bloom appear to have bulbils growing at the top (not along the stem). I have never had this happen. Have any of you?
Name: Joe
Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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Joebass
Jul 8, 2014 10:54 AM CST
I dug up a clump of 'Giraffe' last fall and put all the bulblets in a pot. So now I have about a dozen immature stems with bulbils on top. Never really heard of it before either.
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Name: Connie
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pardalinum
Jul 8, 2014 11:29 AM CST

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It's not all that unusual... some lilies will do that if they are stressed. I collected bulbils from the top of an unidentified lily a couple of years ago and they bloomed this year. Turned out to be Asiatic lily Belo Horizonte. I have also had these top bulbils form on an Oriental lily and a trumpet lily.
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sallysmom
Jul 10, 2014 7:44 AM CST
How long from bulbil to blooming plant?
Name: Joe
Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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Joebass
Jul 10, 2014 8:14 AM CST
I'd say depending on the care 2-3 years. You might get blooms the second season but it would likely be one per stem.

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