How I Propagated Asiatic Lilies from Leaves
I took six leaves from an Asiatic lily by gently pulling them off in a downward motion to purposely retain a small amount of stem tissue at the base of each leaf. This didn't hurt the mother plants at all.
Then I treated the leaves with rooting hormone and put them in cups with about 2 inches of sand.
Then I filled an additional inch of sand over the treated ends of the leaves. This helped them to stand upright and covered the area for the bulb to form. I fit three cuttings in each cup so you really don't need much space to do this.
About one month later I checked the cuttings by adding enough water to loosen the sand and here is what I found:
The newly formed bulb is ready to be transplanted into 4" pots to grow onward and upward and become a new lily. It will be at least a year and maybe two before it will flower but when you consider how many lilies can be made with this propagation process it is well worth it!
A quick cost analysis:
We recently bought a lily this weekend for around $6. If that is the going rate for most Asiatic lilies then these 6 lily plants I made through propagation just saved us $36. If you consider that you can take many more than six lily leaves per plant throughout the season you could exponentially increase that number. Isn't plant propagation great?