Lilies - the most common methods of propagation

Lilies - the most common methods of propagation

There are 2 methods to choose from

There are two ways to propagate the majority of the lilies. That is the sowing and the dividing. For most species of lily, it is advisable to divide them over the years. They become lazy to flower and by dividing they are rejuvenated. The results of sharing will have the same characteristics as the mother plant.

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It is different with sowing. For one thing, it can take years for a lily grown from seed to flower for the first time. On the other hand, the sowing gives rise to lilies that have different properties than the mother plant. This can be exciting for breeders and hobby breeders, because new varieties can arise that are not yet on the market.

Tiger lilies - the exception

Tiger lilies can also be propagated using other methods or plant parts. In their leaf axils they form so-called bulbils and stem bulbs on the base of the stem. They are white and brown bulbs that fall off, can be picked up and planted. It takes three years for them to flower.

Share: Step by step

If you decide to split a lily, here's what you should do:

  • after flowering or in spring
  • Dig up onions
  • Separate the smaller onions from the larger ones
  • Fill the planting hole (25 cm deep) halfway with loose soil, compost and sand
  • Minimum distance between each other 20 cm
  • The tip of the onion should point upwards when planting
  • cover with earth

Wait patiently while sowing

Procedure for sowing:

  • Sow seeds in January or February
  • Cover 0.5 cm with earth (loose, sandy)
  • keep soil moistured
  • Germination time: up to 1 year
  • Do not plant young plants out before mid-May (not yet well winter hardy)

Tips & Tricks

Seeing the results of the sowing can take a good year. Lilies first take root in the ground before they reveal a shoot on the surface.