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Q.I Need Information on Growing Lilies From Bulbils

Zone 4 | Pretty Polly added on September 27, 2012 | Answered

I have a couple of lily plants that I planted this spring as bulbils. They did not bloom this summer but they have formed bulbils. All the information I can find tells me to plant the bulbils in late summer but it is too late for that here. We are already getting frost at night. I want to know if I can harvest the bulbils and store them in the refrigerator over the winter and plant them in the spring.

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Answered on September 28, 2012

Yes, you can collect and store the bulbils over winter and plant them outside in the spring. Place them in labeled ziplock bags. Then put them into the fridge for about a month or so to give them a cooling period. Take them out of the fridge and transfer them in growing trays or pots, then place these under Florescent lighting to grow them over winter. By spring the bulbils should be adequately sized for planting in the garden.

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