Gladiolas/Orchids - encouring new bulbs.

Ok,, newbie here so I hope my question is not toooo stupid. :) I have the following types of Perrenials this question applies to: Gladiolas Chinese Orchids Asiatic Lillies
My understanding is these should sprout additional bulbs (self multiply) If that is correct, is there a way to encourage the self-multiplication by when the stocks or sprouts are cut?
They are all done blooming of course and I did use some for cut flowers but now I am wondering should I cut the remaining part still above the ground now or wait until the stuff turns brown or dies.
Any help appreciated. Thanks.
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On 1 Sep 2004 16:10:03 -0700, snipped-for-privacy@hotmail.com (Rick) wrote:

Don't know about Chinese orchids, but the most encouraging thing you can do for glads and lilies is to remove the flowers (stalks for glads; top pouf for lilies) and leave the foliage 'til it dies down on its own. It is making and storing energy in the bulb(s) for next year.
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