Lilies forum: Growing lilies from bulblets

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Jun 27, 2014 10:15 AM CST
Very interested in Identifying this lily and learning how to grow more from the bulblets that form at the stack/ leaf union. They usually fall off and some sprout on their own but I would like to maximize this. I rescued a handful of these from an old farmhouse being bulldozed down they had been pushed up by the dozer it was so sad the see them being destroyed. These are a treasure, and I love the height and bloom form I'm six foot tall and this year these are taller than me.
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Name: Michael Norberry
Arcata, CA Zone 9 or 17 suns (Zone 9a)
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Jun 27, 2014 11:53 AM CST
I call them Tiger Lilies. Growing them from the little black seeds is really the only way to get more plants except dividing the bulb. I have tried to cross them with others without any success.
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(Zone 8b)
Jul 1, 2014 9:36 AM CST
Plant the bulbils and if they were fertile, they will grow.
Name: Jason
Gold Bar, Washington (Zone 8b)
May 3, 2015 6:49 PM CST
when you say, "bulblets", are you referring to the mini bulbs beneath the soil, clinging to the main bulb? or are you referring to the little black seeds along the stem?
Name: John H
Chicago (Zone 6a)
May 3, 2015 7:06 PM CST
I have a question about Tiger Lilies. I seem to remember that they are likely to carry a virus that is highly transferable to other Lily hybrids. Can others talk about whether they grow them in the same beds with their species or their hybrids. I also remember reading that milkweed plants, because they attract aphids, are vectors for the viruses. I don't want to be paranoid but just well informed, as I have both in my garden. Thanks.
Name: Joe
Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
Lilies Region: New York Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Level 1
May 3, 2015 7:41 PM CST
So from what I know, tiger lilies or L. lancifolium as it's known, is very virus tolerant. What that means is it may be infected with viruses and not show symptoms. I've been told that they should be grown away from other lilies for that reason. I personally only have some juvenile stems in pots that were grown from bulbils.

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