How long can water lilies be out of the water?


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I am rebuilding my pond and it will probably take a week or so. What should I do with my lilies?
 
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Put them in enough water to float the leaves, they can be shallow without issue. Just don't let the tuber or roots dry out.
 

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You can stick them in a tub so they are covered by water. Maybe something a couple feet deep, that'll do till you get your pond done.
 

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Can you get some sort of cheap kiddie pool or tub or bucket of water to stick them in . Never mind…what j.w, and addy1 said
 

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I am rebuilding my pond and it will probably take a week or so. What should I do with my lilies?
I had removed some tubers dumped them on the ground a few years back. Also pulled a lot of bog plants dumped them on top of the tubers. Weeks later remembered someone asked for a few tubers. Dug them out, still alive, still with some growth. They survived since they were buried under the bog plants pulled and stayed wet. They are pretty tough plants.
 
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No idea what they taste like at that stage but I do know they'll give a skunk a run for the money as they sure can stink.
 

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