Get the most from your favorite aquatic plant!
Do your waterlilies keep growing and its pads are taking over your pond? Are the fish eating them constantly? Follow these easy 3 steps to enhance your water lilies and improve overall health and look of your pond!
1. Split Your Water Lily
Often lilies grow quickly, expand and take over the pond. This means it’s time to divide your water lily. Some people split their lilies every year, every 2 years, or right when a lily stops blooming.
Step One– Lift the lily you are going to separate and its pot out of the pond.
Step Two- Take lily out of the container carefully. You may need to cut the pot depending on the plant.
Step Three– Find the root and cut the ends and trim roots
Step Four– Find crowns on rhizome (root), each showing where a new lily pad will grow and cut between the crowns with a sharp knife. Each segment will be a new water lily plant.
Step Five– Pot your divided lilies and fertilize if desired (Read below for instructions)
2. Re-potting existing or Divided Water Lilies
Step One: Unfold aquatic planter or place new pot. Place a 1/2″ layer of soil along the bottom of pot
Step Two: Take plant out of existing pot or container and place in new pot. Add fertilizer if desired. Fill in the remaining space with pond soil
Step Three: Place layer of small pebbles on top soil to keep the plant and soil from leaving the pot or being disrupted by pond fish
Step Four: Place new pot in the pond and enjoy!
3. Fertilize your Water Lilies
Add fertilizer tablets to the roots of your water lily. These will insure proper growth and longer lasting blooms. Long Term Fertilizer lasts 6 months, and Short-term 1 month.
We do this as part of our maintenance for our water garden customers. If your water garden has not been cleaned in at least one year we would split and fertilize lilies as part of our Clean-Out service – Contact Us for more information.
Happy dividing & fertilizing!
Laura Parkel, M.S.
Pond Science LLC