Lilies forum: Are these "bulblets" and should they be above the dirt?

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Name: Jackie
Lake Lanier, GA (Heat Zone 7) (Zone 7b)
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GenXNEGeorgia
Jul 5, 2017 12:34 PM CST
These are coming up on my NO ID lillium and I don't want to waste an opportunity to learn something new about propagating some of my favorite flowers -- what are these little things?

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Name: Patrick
Midland, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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auratum
Jul 5, 2017 4:56 PM CST
These are stem bulblets growing right at the soil surface. I would leave them until the stems die down. You can add some soil over the top or move them to a new location. I would usually move them to a new spot near the existing stem so the don't crowd the old bulb. Don't plant them too deeply as they are small - rule of thumb is to plant with soil twice the height of the bulb over the top of the bulb.
Name: Jackie
Lake Lanier, GA (Heat Zone 7) (Zone 7b)
☺ I love flowers!! ☺
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GenXNEGeorgia
Jul 12, 2017 1:13 AM CST
So....everyone says to cut down the stalks in the fall after they bloom. My lilies bloomed in the Spring and are pretty much brown stalks.

Can I dig up the bulbs now? I'd rather wait until Fall but I don't want the bulbs to rot...

<thinking/finger tapping> I suppose they didn't last year though lol
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Name: Patrick
Midland, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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auratum
Jul 12, 2017 6:59 AM CST
Jackie - if your weather is still very hot I would wait until it cools in the fall to dig. The soil is cool and the bulbs are in a safe place - digging them now could stress them even if the stems have dies back. If you want to removed the small bulbs on the surface and plant them it would not be a problem but I would not dig the main bulb in the heat of summer unless you had no other choice (like moving your house or something).
Name: Jackie
Lake Lanier, GA (Heat Zone 7) (Zone 7b)
☺ I love flowers!! ☺
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GenXNEGeorgia
Oct 10, 2017 11:50 AM CST
So I dug up a couple bulbs and planted some of the bulblets. After the rain showers from the hurricane, I saw that they're growing!! Being that it's October but still hitting 80˚ daily, should I plan to get some lights and keep these little ones inside/continue growing when it cools down or should they be okay outdoors throughout the winter?

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