Black mass in middle of lily patch.


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I have had lilies in my pond for many years but suddenly a big black solid mass is appearing in the middle of several lily plants . It's hard and obviously part of the plant. Apart from looking ugly it's taking up space that could be lily leaves and flowers. What is it and how do I get rid of it?
 

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Wow! Good question. I've never seen anything like that? Can you cut it out? Does it extend down to the pot or is it just floating? Do you groom the plants - ie pull the pads out as they age?
 
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Wow! Good question. I've never seen anything like that? Can you cut it out? Does it extend down to the pot or is it just floating? Do you groom the plants - ie pull the pads out as they age?
I haven't tried to cut it out. No pot, free standing. I pull some pads off but most are out of reach unless i dive in.
 

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Wondering if it could be the hard roots just spreading out and floating up? Just guessing. Do you ever thin/cut your lily roots?
 

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Agree with everyone, looks like tubers are floating up. Happens when you give them free reign in the pond.
 
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