"Quality Lilies through Cooperative Research "
   Just before a bulb (Commercial grade) is ready to be packed off to the greenhouse grower all the attendant growth must be trimmed.  This includes the tiny bulblets that are attached to the main growth.  So, each bulb leaves behind successors.  These successors (along with Scales) become lilies of the future.  As measured around the middle of the bublet, they are less than 3" in circumference.  These bulblets then have been in the ground as a new growth for almost a year, albeit attached to its "mother" and "daughters."
   Again, within twenty-four hours of being uprooted, these small, marble-sized growths are sorted, cleaned, and then replanted.  

   In the spring the bulb sends up a growth tip.  For a period this new growth is encouraged.  Then in June the farm hands swarm the field and pick off the flowers so that the remaining growth is channeled back down to the foliage and bulb.  At this point in a lily bulb's life it measures only slightly larger than when first planted.

Beginnings

Research Foundation 

Easter Lily 

The Life of the Easter Lily

Living Lilies Fundraising

   Row upon row of bulbs are dropped, hand oriented, then hilled (mounded to rows and furrows).  Just after the bulbs have been paraded into rows, 

but before they are covered, rafts of fast hands turn and place each bulblet so as to optimize growth when it comes in the spring.