Anyone ever cloned a bulb?

Xtal(z8b Temple. TX)April 2, 2012

Anyone had any experience in cloning a bulb and whether it is worth it?

Got a white rain lily that has produced a double bloom a couple of years ago, i.e, a double seed head. I lost site of the bulb amidst the rest of the rain lilies. When it produced the doubled headed bloom again this past year, I kept track of it. Upon the last bloom of the season, I dug it up and moved it around to the other side of the house so as to keep track of its blooms.

I'm wondering whether cloning would replicate this feature? And, if so, it would take a few years before it was old enough to set a bloom. Right?

Can anyone share experience over this? And is it worthwhile to give this further consideration? Is this something I can do by myself or would it be better to send this bulb off to a lab?

What's your thoughts on this?


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why not self pollinate it with its self then just plant the seeds and see if that works.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2012 at 3:42AM
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Ispahan Zone6a Chicago

What type (species or cultivar) of rain lily is it? Some of them naturally make plenty of genetically identical offsets around the mother bulb. My Zephyranthes drummondii 'Fedora', grown in a pot and overwintered in my unpleasantly warm basement, makes an abundance of new offsets throughout the season. It even has three flower buds I am hoping will open tonight.

Good luck on your quest. Wish I could be more help
to you.


    Bookmark   April 2, 2012 at 8:38AM
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Xtal(z8b Temple. TX)


My Zephrathes Drummondii doesn't make offsets. It is self pollinating and has handled our Central Texas heat and droughts well here. As soon as I can load a pic of the doubled headed seed pod, I'll do that. It's starting it's blooming season and I'll be collecting the seeds from it. This will be my first time to ID how many times one bulb blooms during his blooming cycle.

I've collected many seeds the past couple of years and have started them in ammo boxes which have done well to contain them and allow for water drainage, too.

I read that yours is fragrant. Mine aren't... from what I can tell.

BTW, I LOVE you handle. I just bought Ispahan and am eager to see how well this rose does. Is yours very fragrant. I understand it is supposed be.


    Bookmark   April 2, 2012 at 8:51AM
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Ispahan Zone6a Chicago

Xtal, my Z. drummondii clone definitely produces offsets. I ordered it from Plant Delights last year and it was selected both for its offsetting ability and its exceptionally large flowers. It has been an extremely low maintenance and interesting potted plant for me.

Back in the years I grew the rose called 'Ispahan', I found it to be a wonderful, long-blooming, disease free garden shrub, but it was only mildly fragrant at best to my nose. Many others find it very fragrant, so the problem could be (probably is) with my sniffer :-)

    Bookmark   April 2, 2012 at 9:12AM
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