Secret to getting flowers from lilipads?


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Hi Folks,

We have 2 ponds outside

#1

9x11x4




#2

4x4x2 into a bottom pond 4x4x2.5



(these pics are a little old)


Both ponds also have shades over them about 6 feet up.

#1 has fish around the lilies and they are about a foot deeper down.

#2 has no fish around the lilipads because they are in the lower pond


The problem is only #1 is producing flowers and the warden is demanding answers!


Now I put in pond #2 around 8 weeks ago those little tablet fertilizers but nothing really came of it. #1 got no firtilizer.



If anyone has any ideas on how to grow some flowers in your lilies I'm listening! :)
 
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For clairity, is pond one is good to go? It looks like there is a flower in the lower left so I assume so. Further clairity, pond two only has fish and no plants in the lower portion? Or are the plants in the lower portion?
The upper portion of pond two (to the right of what looks like a St. Francis statue) seems pretty turbulent. I don’t even see any lily pads. My guess is the water turbulence is the problem If the overhead cover is not blocking too much light, the water depth is only 2 feet and you fertilized the plants. You might first try to move the pots into a corner and see if that helps.
Stephen
 

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What type of lily is the non flowering one? Requirements like depth, amount of sun, vary for different lilies. Also, even in the right conditions some are prolific bloomers and some put them up occasionally.
 
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Once the temperature is warm enough, waterlilies require three things to bloom - food (LOTS OF FOOD), sunlight (varying degrees, depending on the variety), and a pot big enough to grow in - they need to be repotted and cut down to size every year or two, depending on your growing season. If they are crowded in the pot and can jump ship they will, but they definitely will thrive if you give them a big shallow pot with room to spread out.

So in your case, if all those are equal, it may be the fish that are adding to the nutrient content in the pool that is blooming. Does the water from one pond flow into the other? Or are they two separate systems? You added fertilizer to the non-bloomers - did you put it in the pot or in the pond itself? (Sounds silly I know, but just checking!)
 

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What kind of fertilizer are you using? I can never remember what the numbers need to be, but the N-P-K ratio is important.
 
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They like sun. Mine get full sun and bloom all of the time even without adding a lot of fertilizer.
 

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