Scaling involves the removal of the scales in a non-tunicate bulb (like lily) and inducing bulblets to form along the cut edge. Three to five bulblets can form on each scale.
Scaling is done soon after flowering in mid-summer, but is also successful during winter. The outer scales are removed and essentially treated as leaf cuttings. A simple method is to place lily scales in a poly bag containing damp vermiculite. Bulblets will form in two months.
Easter lily propagation is from bulb scaling.
Scales removed from dormant bulbs are planted in the field to produce the next season's crop.
It can take several years to get a flowering size bulb.