Bulbs of a plant on the ground.

Propagation – Bulblets

Such plants as lily and amaryllis can produce miniature bulbs on the stem, offsets from the base, or extra scales that can be separated from the parent.

Many plants that arise from bulbs reproduce themselves as miniature bulbs as well as by seed. The small bulbs reach maturity much more quickly than seed, tut lack the variation. Those that arise in the leaf axils on the stem are known as bulbils; those that arise at the base, or are cultivated by breaking he scales from a lily bulb, are called bulblets.

  • Remove and discard any damaged scales from the outside of the mature bulb. Take health ones by breaking cleanly as near to the base as possible. Up to 80 percent of the scales can be taken arm the bulb will still flower.
  • Place he plastic bag of moist soil, fold to close, and keen warm and dark for 8-10 weeks.
  • Tiny white bulblets with delicate roots will form at the base of each scale.
  • Scales can be cut lengthwise to separate bulblets, leaving each a piece of scale as food.
  • Pot several bulblets together for the first year. The leaves will initially resemble grass.