rookie question

Wayland, MA(Zone 6a)

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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Phoenix, AZ

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 ~~~~~~~>(())">

Wayland, MA(Zone 6a)

thanks fish_knees . I have been gardening for a long time but this is my first pond . lots of fun !
laura

Athens, PA(Zone 5b)

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.

Wayland, MA(Zone 6a)

carolyn 22, thats good to hear, do you over winter them in the pond?

Athens, PA(Zone 5b)

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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Wayland, MA(Zone 6a)

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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Athens, PA(Zone 5b)

Laura

can't wait to see it when it flowers! Please post pix so we can all see!

Wayland, MA(Zone 6a)

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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Athens, PA(Zone 5b)

So pretty. I really love the color.

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