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by ND farm girl on August 14, 2006 03:43 AM
The black 'berries' on them - are these seeds and how they multiply? Can I do something with these to plant more elsewhere?

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by zuzu's petals on August 14, 2006 05:14 AM
The black "berries" on your Tiger Lilies are "baby bulbs", [grin]
and it's quite easy to propagate by planting them. [thumb]
Just remove the bulbils from the leaf axils when they come away easily,
just gently brush them off the plant and pot them up.

You can pot them this summer and they'll be ready to plant out in about 18 months.
Also, you could let some of the bulbils to fall to the ground around the mother plant,
mine self-sow quite nicely that way,
then you can just transplant them to where you want them, later.

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by ND farm girl on August 14, 2006 06:01 AM
Thanks zuzu. So I should keep them inside in pots all winter and plant outside next spring.

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by zuzu's petals on August 14, 2006 08:47 AM
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Originally posted by ND farm girl:
Thanks zuzu. So I should keep them inside in pots all winter and plant outside next spring.
You're very welcome, farm girl.

I leave all of my hardy potted lilies outside
with no extra protection over the winter here in zone 8, even the babies,
[Big Grin] I guess I'm a mean mama.
In a colder climate, you might feel better to give them a bit more protection than I do,
maybe place the pots in a protected area and mound them with leaf mulch 'til the spring,
but if Tigers are hardy in your zone, it's probably not necessary to go to extremes.
Just remember that they will need their dormancy.

The bulbils can be funny [nutz] ,
while I've seen some begin to sprout before they even fall from the mother plant,
I've also seen some that don't sprout 'til spring,
so just be patient if you have some slow starters.

I find that from the time I first collect them,
it's about 1½ yrs before they're big enough that I want to add them to my beds,
but that's strictly a personal habit, you could surely plant the wee babies next spring.

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