Fertilizer tips, anyone? Water lily question.

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    Mmathis TurtleMommy

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    I’ll bet you never thought you’d be seeing anyone complain about having too many lily blooms! I repotted these guys in the spring and initially they put out just tons of pads — and it’s really the pads that I want! I need the surface coverage more than I need blooms. And now that the plants have gone into hyperdrive on flower production, the number and size of the pads is suffering.

    I used a 10-14-8 fertilizer tablet. I know that the numbers tell you the proportion of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium available to the plant. I can never remember which element does which, but I think I need more of the one that promotes lots of green, leafy growth and less flower production.

    Yesterday I had a record 8 blooms on Sioux (yellow in foreground), and 4 on a mystery white (background). But the pad production has diminished— just when I really need the coverage the most! Our temps are already hitting triple digits.

    Fertilizer recommendations, anyone? Or am I just over reacting, and this is normal.....?

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    That is an odd problem TM! Most of us want more flowers. I believe the 1st number is for plant growth and 2nd for flower production. I have over fertilized my lotus and now have 7 buds and a plant that has jumped the pot and will soon fill the pond. I was going to ask if you could shade the pond but---DUH! Obviously, that's the reason for the post! You may end up with enough flowers to shade your pond.
     
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    I saw a thread on here a couple of days ago -- discussing lilies and saying that Sioux is a crazy bloomer! Flowers and pads are all very pretty!
     
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    OK - now you're just bragging. haha!

    Some things I've read say high phosphorus makes for more blooms; others say that's nonsense. And still others say it works but only if your soil is low in phosphorous to begin with. So there ya go! Was that helpful? ;)

    Do you groom the dying pads? I'd get in there an pull anything that shows any signs of aging. Mine produce pads much faster if I keep them aggressively groomed. My husband always panics after one of my grooming attacks because I pull too many "still OK" pads - but within a few days we'll have lots of new ones coming.
     
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    I will try that! I try to keep them trimmed, but this year I have both pots closer to the center of the pond so it’s harder to get to them with my trimmer. Guess I’ll just have to get wet!
     
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    How close to crop the stems when "grooming"? I've been just reaching in as far as I can without falling in, anf pinching off the dead pads, and blooms.
     
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    That works. Sometimes I get them at the base - if they're real soft they break off near the bad. It's all good!
     
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