First lily bud ever! So excited.

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I was out checking on the pond the other day and noticed the lilies have been sending up a lot of pads recently. While I was admiring them I noticed a bud rising up from one of my new lilies (I think it’s a Sioux?) and I’m so excited to see it bloom!

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Exciting. I have two small lily pad plants I bought. Will they multiply do you know or will I need more plants to get a nice layer of coverage on the surface?
 
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Exciting. I have two small lily pad plants I bought. Will they multiply do you know or will I need more plants to get a nice layer of coverage on the surface?
I have three on each side of the pond (six total) but there are only two on each side that are sending up a good amount of pads and only one (out of four) has a bud so far. However, since I re-planted them in half kitty litter and half aquatic planting media with fertilizer spikes and the water temps have been nice and warm they've been looking a lot better.
 
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One of my lilies just shoots up pads at a rate of 3 or 4 every few days. I have trim it to keep it from taking over my small pond. The other is a dwarf and supposedly hardy. I have been trying to get the fool thing to grow since it arrived via mail. No blooms from Goliath or Tiny Tim yet of course. Our weather has been hot and cold up and down.
 
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Our weather has been HOT and the water temps have been consistently in the 80's for at least a month. This is the first year I've planted the lilies in kitty litter and I added a second fertilizer spike as well so I'm sure they're loving the extra nutrients.
 
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I've got one in litter, the other two are in coconut fiber baskets. The ones in the fiber seem to be doing better than the one in litter. Of course the ones in the fiber have put out roots into the pond, where the one in the litter hasn't yet.
 
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I still get excited at the first bloom. This year has been slow just a couple at a time and only my yellow are blooming. I am waiting for my Sioux to bloom for the first time. But conditions are getting better my lotus had the first bloom of the season open Friday and the second one opened today number three should be tomorrow. The lilies should start to flourish the have more pads than any year in the past. There is still plenty of blooming season left good luck
 

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Exciting. I have two small lily pad plants I bought. Will they multiply do you know or will I need more plants to get a nice layer of coverage on the surface?
They will multiply I divide mine every other year sometimes every year when they go crazy. Other than my Sioux and an attraction mine are all cutting from plants I planted over twenty years ago
 
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You need to get you a couple of tropical Lilly’s. Get one that is a night bloomer and one that is a day bloomer. It is so exciting to watch them open and close every morning and evening. They are strictly a one season only plant, unless you have a year round warm climate. I know some people who bring them inside in winter, but that is just a bit too messy for me. The color choices are so much more vibrant and beautiful. Makes a great addition to any pond. Just saying....
 
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