collecting some seeds

alleyJuly 20, 2008

I don't know if this question goes in the lily forum or the seed saving forum, so I'm posting it here. I am at my mother in law's house and she has what I believe are tiger lilies (lilies to be sure). They are gorgeous and I would like some. They have what look like berries up and down the stem where the leaf meets the stem (but under the flower part). Is this a seed and can I just pick it (it comes off fairly easily)? If it is a seed, do I need to wait for it to mature or can I take it here? If it is not the seed, what is it? Also, I want to take some home. I know it is probably not a great idea to dig it up now, but would it be a really bad idea?

Any suggestions or help would be appreciated.

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alley

Here are some pictures of what I'm talking about. The first one is a little fuzzy, but the second one is better.

Here is a better picture of the balls.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2008 at 3:35PM
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kayman

"If it is not the seed, what is it?"

Stem bulbils - tiny bulbs that are identical to the parent plant. If they come away easily they're ready to plant into a pot or nursery bed to grow on. Choose the ones from the bottom of the stem for preference - they'll be larger and get away quicker.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2008 at 6:40PM
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