Discussion in 'General Chat' started by RobAmy, Apr 28, 2017.
My first Lilly pad hit the surface this morning
Great! ours hit the surface in February............ then froze, then regrew..........weird weather.
About 50% of the surface is already covered by lily pads. Had our first bloom last week.
I have 19 pads. This is my first pond, so it's really fun to see the leaves make their way to the surface. How many pads does each lily bulb usually make?
I'm up to 4. Is it possible that pads that ended the season still below water started re-growing and surfaced? The first 3 seem to be in that category and they are in pretty rough shape. A second lily just broke the surface last night with a still curled up pad.
No lily pads to the surface yet. When do you start to fertilize them?
I repotted mine a couple weeks ago and put the fertilizer in the kitty litter
I better get busy then!
My first leaves are always a little weird - small, odd shapes. But once they get going, it's non-stop pads all summer long!
The ducks schedule the fertilizer
act like mine, 3 more today
I've got a few popping up too and anxious to see how they do this year on blooms cuz they have been free of soil for a few yrs now. Just tied inside black plastic lattice type baskets on my pond shelves.
Haha! I'm imagining you out there counting "1, 2, 3..." - you first time pond owners are so funny! (Believe me... we were ALL YOU once!)
When @addy1 says "a lot" she means more than you will be able to count. You will have pads on top of pads on top of pads. I get in my pond about once every two weeks from June through the beginning of October to clean up the dead and dying pads and I pull out anything that even looks CLOSE to being done. I know there are three more coming to take it's place. I pull out several bushels full of lily pads every season - they all go right into my compost. I should actually keep track this year and see how much organic matter they produce!
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