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I was wondering if I need to separate the lilies. I have a few that are growing over the sides of the swallow pots I have. I do not mind if they spread like that at all and almost seems what would happen in nature. Just did not now if that is good or bad for the lily. They seemed to do good last year and flowered well. I prefer they just do there thing and then just thin them when needed. The fish do not to seem to eat the out growth at all.
 
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If they're still blooming well, I wouldn't worry...leave them be. Some mine weren't blooming well, so I divided and repotted to give them more vigor.

Honestly, I'm thinking of skipping it this year, it's a lot of work :eek:
 

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Mine do that a lot. They grow great, the roots out of the pots collects a lot of debris, mud and stuff.

The biggest issue is they will get real heavy. I had one with roots out of pot by about 1.5 feet. I could not lift it without hubbies help. I groom mine around every 2-3 years. I do have one that grows out of the pot every summer. I keep a eye on that one.
 
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What @addy1 said is the only thing I would be concerned about - they can quickly get overgrown and you're left with something that has to be hauled out with a truck!
 
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Thanks for the input. I agree this weather is just crazy this year. Might actually get some snow this Friday. Tomorrow in the 30's.
 
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I have pulled and thinned some lily pots and have left a couple to run wild and just do their thing. Last year I could not tell the difference between those that were trimmed back and those left to grow huge rhizomes outside the pot. The one constant is ferts every month from the time they started hitting the ponds surface. Getting the pots out of he pond to fert the over growing ones was a tremendous challenge.
 

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With my still-limited experience, there's good and bad to letting lilies grow out of their pot. Mine grew exceptionally better once they started escaping the pots, but the longer you let them go, the more difficult it'll be to keep them under control. I let mine grow out of their pots for one full season, and they looked amazing. I decided to cut and re-pot them the following spring, and it wasn't very easy. All the roots were entangled with every other lily, but that was also after three years of total growth.

Now I'm just sitting here thinking about how great the pads looked.

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I've seen a video of someone who never controlled their lilies, they just let them go and they completely covered the pond's bottom. Honestly, it looked great, and the guy was happy with it. I don't know if anything negative would come of that down the road, other than making it impossible to clean the bottom of the pond. Although I imagine all those roots would use up a lot of nutrients. Hmm...
 
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If I may ask a question about dividing lilies.. I read on another post here that you cut the rhizome horizontally, but what does that look like? It sounds like you cut them in half along the long section but I would’ve thought you would divide them with a vertical or angled cut through the middle somewhere?
 
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You don't need roots on the rhizome @Gordo33 - you can cut the tiniest piece and plant it. As long as it has a growing tip it will grow.

EDIT: Let me clarify - the rhizome IS the root. But you don't need any of the thin root growths that come out of the rhizome.
 
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You don't need roots on the rhizome @Gordo33 - you can cut the tiniest piece and plant it. As long as it has a growing tip it will grow.

EDIT: Let me clarify - the rhizome IS the root. But you don't need any of the thin root growths that come out of the rhizome.
Yes technically you are corrdct. It's my understanding roots grow out of the rhizome.
http://nelsonwatergardens.com/how-to-repot-your-hardy-waterlily/
this is the site I used to learn how to divide hardy lilies. They have a great you tube video
 
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I have let mine grow out of pots they make it to clean leaves out from the root mass. I also have put another pot next to one and set the root mass on top held down with a small rock it basically did the replant for me I just cut the rhizome after it took root and trimmed the rest back they both did well. Other wise I divid every other year as needed has always done well for me. Snow on Saturday so probably not this year
 

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Mine are not in pots w/any media at all, just sitting in plant baskets w/holes in them weighted down w/a rock. I am wondering how big they are now as I haven't checked them for awhile. I'll have to do that this year as I don't want them to become giant size monsters from H*ll!
 

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JW- thats how I have mine. I pulled them last fall to get them labled for colors and actually had several that had attached to the liner!
 
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Mine are not in pots w/any media at all, just sitting in plant baskets w/holes in them weighted down w/a rock. I am wondering how big they are now as I haven't checked them for awhile. I'll have to do that this year as I don't want them to become giant size monsters from H*ll!
I need to try that with one my pots have gotten so big it take my son and I both to get them out of the pond
 
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