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laurawege
Wayland, MA
(Zone 6a)

July 8, 2012
11:48 AM

Post #9197848

I have a rookie water plant question for you seasoned pond people . I am just getting started water gardening and bought a hardy water lily today the tag saysit should be submerged 12 - 24 inches. the stems caring the leaves are not that long should I sink t that low and wait for the leaves to get longer ? will they ? there is a very promising little flower bud coming up so I am excited about it but wasn't sure
thanks laura

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Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

July 8, 2012
11:52 AM

Post #9197852

It will adjust the length of the stems within days to reach the surface. So where ever you plan to put it in your pond should be fine ~~~~~~~>(())">
laurawege
Wayland, MA
(Zone 6a)

July 8, 2012
12:05 PM

Post #9197867

thanks fish_knees . I have been gardening for a long time but this is my first pond . lots of fun !
laura
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

July 8, 2012
1:32 PM

Post #9197962

It is surprising how much the length of the leaves will adjust. We used to have our waterlilies on plastic file cubes, which brought the waterlilies to the correct height. We had a fish get caught between two of the cubes and we decided that was it and hauled out all the waterlilies and then removed all the plastic file cubes. It just wasn't worth a fish getting caught or hurt between the cubes. The waterlilies all have been sitting in about 3 1/2 feet of water and there has never been an issue. They bloom and bloom.

laurawege
Wayland, MA
(Zone 6a)

July 8, 2012
2:19 PM

Post #9198003

carolyn 22, thats good to hear, do you over winter them in the pond?
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

July 8, 2012
6:13 PM

Post #9198235

Laura

Yes, we overwinter the waterlilies in our pond. They are lifted twice a year - in the early Spring for fertilizing and in the mid fall during clean up.

You are in a warmer zone than I am, so you should not have any problems with the hard waterlilies.

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laurawege
Wayland, MA
(Zone 6a)

July 12, 2012
11:19 AM

Post #9202829

you guys were right here is my lily now in just a few days it adjusted to the depth and sent up a bloom yay
laura

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Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

July 12, 2012
4:29 PM

Post #9203143

Laura

can't wait to see it when it flowers! Please post pix so we can all see!
laurawege
Wayland, MA
(Zone 6a)

July 13, 2012
10:23 AM

Post #9203888

I was standing right next to the pond talking to my sons friend and the flower opened ! while we were standing there you could almost see it moving very cool . hardy water lily " colorado "
I've been gardening my whole life but this is my first water garden so much to learn soooo cool !
laura

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Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

July 13, 2012
12:17 PM

Post #9203990

So pretty. I really love the color.

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