Paul Tyerman
Fri, 05 Dec 2003 02:07:16 PST
At 11:55  4/12/03 +1100, you wrote:
>Hi Mark,
>              I have limited experience of this procedure but would like to
>make a few comments relevant to the questions.
>       On quite a number of occasions Lachenalia in my collection have
>produced small bulbils at points on leaves that have been damaged by pests.
>The damaged area that produces new bulbs is below soil level and certainly
>gives an indication of a possible technique that could produce small numbers
>of extra bulbs.


I am glad that Mark asked about this as it is of interest to me as well.  i
would also like to say thanks for the extra info (and thanks to Mark Mazer
for his original reply too <grin>).

I have never tried this myself but having seen your descriptions I think I
will have to give it a try.  It is particularly fascinating that mini
bulbils have even been produced where damage to leaves on the plant has
occurred.  I have to wonder now whether this has happened to mine at times
but I have never noticed.  It must be rather odd to come across little
bulbils growing from the leaf.

So Thanks again to Don and Mark for their advice on this method of
propagation.  Such clear descriptions of how it should be done are a real
help, and I'll be filing them away for future reference at the right time.
Will be interesting to see how I go but definitely worth a try.


Paul Tyerman
Canberra, Australia.  USDA equivalent - Zone 8/9

Growing.... Galanthus, Erythroniums, Fritillarias, Cyclamen, Crocus,
Cyrtanthus, Oxalis, Liliums, Hellebores, Aroids, Irises plus just about
anything else that doesn't move!!!!!

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