Propogating lilies from scales - Knowledgebase Question

Montclair, Ca
Question by lisguevara
August 25, 2010
When is the best time to propagate lilies from scales?


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Answer from NGA
August 25, 2010

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You can propagate your lilies from scales in the fall months (October in yur gardening region). It's not difficult, but it takes patience. Each scale will produce bulblets, which should bloom three-four years after you begin the process. Snap whole, clean, healthy scales cleanly from the basal plate. To prevent rotting, dust them with a sulfur fungicide. Use a well-drained propagation mixture of sand and peat, keep barely moist (this prevents rot), and keep the temperature around 70F for best results. Plant with just 1/3 of each scale exposed.

When roots begin to form, you can increase watering, and soon bulblets will appear - as many as four per scale. Pot them up in loamy potting mix. You can plant them into garden beds the following spring.

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