Some bulbs respond to various forms of bulb cuttage to form new bulblets.

Methods include scooping and scoring.

Photo of scooping and scoring tools.

Two photos of bulbs that respond to scooping and scoring methods.

Scooping involves removing the entire basal plate of the bulb.

Photo of identifying the basal plate of a bulb which will be removed through scooping.

Scoring is where the basal plate is cross-cut.

Photo of bulbs where the basal plates have been scored.

Images courtesy of W. Miller

Bulbs are dusted with a fungicide and "callused" in dry sand for a week.

They are then placed in warm temperatures and high humidity to induce bulblets, which form in several months.

Bublets form at the base of the exposed leaf scales.

Photo of a scored bulb.