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Bulb Scaling

Plants of the genus Lilium as well as some others, grow from bulbs consisting of overlapping scales arising from the basal plate. These bulbs may be lifted in early fall, and individual scales may be snapped off carefully, holding the scales as close to the basal plate as possible; if scales are limp, a sharp, clean, sterilized knife may be used. A small section of basal plate should come off with the scale; new growth will originate at this point. Remove as many scales as are needed, with a few extras for good measure, then replant the parent bulb. The whole bulb may be 'scaled' if required.

Dust lightly with anti-fungal powder, and mix scales into lightly dampened vermiculite; store warm, dark and slightly moist for 2-3 months, then move into the refrigerator for 6 weeks. As bulblets form, pot them up with scales still attached, just covering the tops of the scales. Grow on in a protected location until a reasonable size, then move into their final locations, in spring.

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