This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Mrs. M. P., Lynn, Mass., says: "Amongst a lot of Lilium candidum I had in the greenhouse this last winter, one plant when of proper size to be crowned with flowers, as all well behaved lilies should be, developed instead a tiny green bulb, which soon increased to an inch or more in diameter, then sent up a green spike of leaves, and roots half an inch long formed at the base. I cut it from the stalk, potted it and it has made quite a growth. The plant was as large and thrifty as those that blossomed. As Artemus Ward used to say, 'Why is this, thus?' Can any one explain?"
[It is unusual for Lilium candidum to produce bulblets on the stems, though another white lily, L. longiflorum often does so. Some lilies like L. tigrinum and L. bulbiferum always have bulblets in the axils of the leaves. The habit seems to run in the family, and the only answer as to why, is the child's answer " because." It is a way they have of increasing themselves without the agency of seed, and there are multiform ways of this kind in nature. - Ed. G. M.]