I have some Madonna lily bulbs that I would like to scale. If I planted them after the last frost in spring, how long will it be until I get a flowering size bulb? Does it matter which scales I use?
With good soil and a sunny location and without lily beetles attacking from scale to a small flower could be three to five years.
Edit: @jmusser asks about a timeline for growth rates. From here
This mirrors my own experience in growing Lilium canadense from seed. The first few years all you see is a tiny leaf. After that it can easily be a few more years until you have a plant with a stem. Sadly, the local chipmunks liked my seedlings a lot.