Bare Root Water Lilies....

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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    I have mine all bare root so have nothing to compare them to here. To me they don't look like they are doing that great tho but time will tell. I will leave them this way for this Summer and perhaps next as I did just transplant them. Maybe it takes time. We shall see. I'll post up pix from time to time so you can see their progress.

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    The feeder roots on a waterlily take off real fast growing bare root in growing conditions they like

    They can grow so fast, a hungry horde of fish are going to relish chomping on them faster than they can grow

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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    Mine better not be chomping on my lilies. I've been feeding them each day now so they will lay off the plants :shifty:
     
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    The lily I have in a float in net is doing nada. The ones I overwintered in pots I worked on last fall are looking good. The ones I planted in oil pans in kitty litter from Addy, this spring, have hit the surface! Yeah:)
     
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    I have the ones that I got from Addy in floating planters. One has been in for two weeks and already has two pads on the surface. I hope they will do well because my fish tend to turn over pots and make a mess. I made the baskets large enough to accommodate them for awhile.
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    I'm thinking w/ these free of soil plants we all need to give them a couple seasons to see how they do as they might just need to get accustomed to this new not wearing anything on their bottoms plan :ROFLMAO:
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    lol jw, that must be it!

    and jw your lilies have more pads to surface then mine do, even the ones in litter, we have been wet and cool or cold this spring.
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    Really addy more pads then the ones in the litter? Well then maybe there is hope!
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    None of my lilies are doing well, the ones in the kitty litter are doing the best. I did groom them hard and it has been a cool wet spring. the pond water is only 51 degrees as of today, not even feeding yet
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    Lots of time left and you guys will get that hot heat and your lilies will flow out of your ponds there will be so many blooms!
     
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    So far, none of mine are doing much. A couple -- I have 5 plants -- have put out leaves [or pads], just a few, though, but no evidence of buds yet.

    HOWEVER, I kinda messed things up by tearing the pond down. All of my "bare root" lilies [which is all 5 of them] got put in tubs that just sit in the sun. Two I put in the stock tank with the fish, but they get very limited sunlight there.

    There was one, James Brydon I think, that I've had for 2 years [ this is the 3rd growing season for it ]-- it has never done much other than put out a few pads -- never any buds. When I dug it up this spring, there were very few roots, and now that it's "naked" and I can watch it, still very few roots. It's been "bare root" now for well over 2 months -- So, what's going on with that? @addy1, @j.w, @adavisus, @minnowman -- any ideas?
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    @Mmathis could something be eating the tiny roots coming off the plant? I hear they are delicious!
    My bare root ones are not growing like gangbusters but then that is normal here for our fickle weather. Looks like there is a lot of mulmy stuff covering my tubers and I'm hoping that is going to give them a good dose of food for them to get going.
    I sure got my pond water cleared up using my net and that new prefilter and also running water through the quilt batting forever and ever. I can see the bottom now.

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    Then there are these tiny baby tubers that must have broken off and are free floating in a corner where Parrots Feather and other gangly viney things are trying to grow. Those pads are only about an inch or so wide in the photo below:
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    Mmathis TurtleMommy

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    At this point, only tadpoles are in with the lilies. Would they eat the roots?
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    Well if 3rd season and still not doing well, I would toss it. Have you tried to put it real shallow, like 6 inches deep
     
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    Mmathis TurtleMommy

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    Yes, that's about its depth now. It's in a tub and I have it elevated off the bottom.

    I'd considered tossing it, but thought I'd give it one more chance, however...... :(
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    I don't think tadpoles would eat them but then what do I know about that..............nothing :)
     
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    .Lilies need nutrients to thrive and bloom. A bare root plant can only thrive if it has plenty of muck to grow in. Almost any named tropical will have one or more blooms open every day in the growing season if it has adequate nutrition, which usually means dirt and regular fertilization. The only down side is that they get big!
     
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    Troutredds You can call me Red

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    Ours are planted in plastic mesh pots filled with pea gravel. They are growing well and have bloomed multiple times this year. Left undisturbed, the detritus that settles on or around the tubers provides adequate nutrients to grow our plants. I will never use fertilizer tabs or spikes again - the excessive nutrients they release surely foster lily growth- but will also directly contribute to increased algae blooms. Why would you want the algae to thrive along with your beautiful lilies?o_O

    Ours are hardy lilies, by the way. Our northwestern climate isn't consistently warm enough for tropicals to thrive, I would imagine.
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    That's what I'm hoping for that mine in the baskets topped w/ just a rock to hold them down will gather enough of that detritus settling on them to get them growing and blooming nicely. It sure looks like to me they have plenty on them right now. The plastic screened baskets seem to hold the muck in there so it keeps them covered. Will be so easy to divide if this works. I did try the pea gravel for a few years but the pots were so heavy to deal with so giving the lightweight project a try.
     
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    Troutredds You can call me Red

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    When I planted ours in nothing but gravel last year, they grew and bloomed a little but after a year in the pond they seem to have collected enough sediment to grow well. I'm sure that will happen for you too eventually, j.w. Now if we could only get some consistent sun in our neck of the woods...:confused:
     
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