Lilies forum: What do I do with these bulblets?

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Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Feb 7, 2016 4:17 PM CST
First forgive me if this is already discussed. I'm having eye trouble so I can't read thru several posts lately.

These very often appear on or just under the surface. I assume it is a reproductive mechanism. What do I do with them?
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Name: Joe
Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
Lilies Region: New York Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Joebass
Feb 7, 2016 4:55 PM CST
You can plant them anywhere you like! They will be clones of the mother bulb. If you want a group, leave them be and they will multiply.
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
Cottage Gardener Houseplants Spiders! Heucheras Frogs and Toads Dahlias
Hummingbirder Sedums Winter Sowing Peonies Region: Michigan Garden Ideas: Level 2
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jvdubb
Feb 7, 2016 5:19 PM CST
Thank you. Should I cover them until the ground thaws and they can be planted deeper?
Name: Joe
Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
Lilies Region: New York Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Joebass
Feb 7, 2016 6:56 PM CST
Yes, the less exposed to winter chills and dry air the better they will do.
Name: Lorn (Roosterlorn)
S.E Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Roosterlorn
Feb 7, 2016 8:11 PM CST
Plus, little rodents like mice will chew on them if the find them. I just cover mine with a little more soil or mulch when I see them.
Name: Jason
Gold Bar, Washington (Zone 8b)
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riverman123
Feb 13, 2016 5:05 PM CST
we have nearly 200 mature lily bulbs of just about every variety in our yard. hence, we end up with hundreds of these little bulblets every fall when we divide. we don't save all of them, but we do save the bigger ones. we have two very large cedar boxes that these bulblets go into for a year or two until they become big enough to be considered, "mature". then we either keep them for our yard or simply give them away. takes a few years to get to that point, but if you do it every year and rotate your stock, you will have a constant supply!
Fort Worth, TX (Zone 8a)
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javaMom
Mar 23, 2016 7:36 PM CST
What do you do with them in the box ?
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freezengirl
Mar 23, 2016 9:18 PM CST
Let them grow in a box or nursery bed for a year or so. They are so small with grass like foliage that you could easily think they are weed seedlings and yank them out.
Name: Jason
Gold Bar, Washington (Zone 8b)
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riverman123
Mar 27, 2016 6:21 PM CST
javaMom said:What do you do with them in the box ?


We leave them be! haha, we just let them do their thing for a few years. fertilize them like any other plant and in a few years the bigger ones are big enough to actually do something with. which Is usually gifted to family, friends or neighbors.

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