Propagating by scaling - Knowledgebase Question

Montclair, Ca
Question by lisguevara
November 4, 2010
Why, when planting lily bulbets still attached to the scales, they have to be planted above the soil? This does not dry them out? Also, when do I repot them so that they are below the soil surface. Thank you


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Answer from NGA
November 4, 2010

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Planting lily bulbils or bublets at or barely above soil level is just a caution. It's easy to overwater them and they'll become saturated and die. If you have confidence in your potting soil and your watering habits, go ahead and set them just below soil surface. It's important that the roots be below the soil surface - that's where the bulbils will get their moisture and nourishment. Hope this clarifies things for you!

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