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elfenqueen
East Tawas, MI
(Zone 5b)

August 16, 2013
4:07 PM

Post #9632777

I have a tropical water lily...in Michigan!

The weather has not been warming my pond up to the needed 70 + degree mark that the plant requires...any thoughts on warming it?

All I have found are deicers. I think I need something with a thermostat to produce that temp.

Share your info please.

Marie
tropicbreeze
noonamah
Australia

August 16, 2013
5:14 PM

Post #9632819

What size pond/container do you have it in?
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

August 16, 2013
9:54 PM

Post #9633054

Our desert sun...
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 16, 2013
10:07 PM

Post #9633059

You might look at aquarium heaters, if your pool is small enough. If your container is quite large, I dont think you can keep it alive in Michigan over the winter.
elfenqueen
East Tawas, MI
(Zone 5b)

August 16, 2013
11:33 PM

Post #9633074

I bring it indoors during the winter. to a fish tank.
My pond is not deep ...18-24" and not finished, so shallower still.. till completed.
it holds about 1400 gals.

:(
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 17, 2013
12:11 AM

Post #9633084

If the pond is not in full sun, maybe trimming the trees back so it can get more sun will warm it.
MerryMary
Ocoee (W. Orlando), FL
(Zone 9b)

August 17, 2013
6:24 AM

Post #9633172

Can you move it and put it in a container pond on the deck? The water will be much shallower and easier for the sun to warm up.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

August 17, 2013
8:05 AM

Post #9633243

[quote="MerryMary"]Can you move it and put it in a container pond on the deck? The water will be much shallower and easier for the sun to warm up. [/quote]

I agree with MM.

Truthfully I am surprised your water has not warmed up enough. I am in zone 5b as well and my pond is quite a bit deeper. Our water temps were in the 80ish range during July - which is cooler than some years as we have had a very rainy summer as well.

Do you know how long the water temps have to sustain a warm temp in order to flower?
BonnieGardens
Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 17, 2013
4:50 PM

Post #9633650

My water lillies from Mittsy are in large basin of fountain in water and it gets very warm but they are not growing. I found 1 had turned to mush today and threw it which made me sad.
When M. Mary comes over I'm sure she will have some words of wisdom for me that might save them. Sure would like to see them grow.
Bonnie
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

August 20, 2013
11:46 AM

Post #9636295

Bonnie, You need to plant them in heavy soil in a pot then submerge the pot into 12" of water.
BonnieGardens
Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 20, 2013
3:03 PM

Post #9636520

I have several tubbies and also small pond so I will do that. I'll put some small rocks on the top to keep dirt from floating out. Don't want to put them in fish ponds cause don't want dirt in there.
Thank you for info.
Bonnie
MerryMary
Ocoee (W. Orlando), FL
(Zone 9b)

August 20, 2013
6:39 PM

Post #9636656

I'm going to go against the grain and tell you that I don't plant any of my water lilies. I just pin them down under rocks, in full sun, away from moving water. They bloom like crazy. Now I also plant tropical liles, for the most part. Tina and Panama Pacific has been my favorites, the new plants are formed from the middle of the leaf, so I don't divide the roots.
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

August 21, 2013
2:27 AM

Post #9636858

The lilies I gave to Bonnie are not tropicals.
Mittsy
BonnieGardens
Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 25, 2013
1:21 PM

Post #9641055

Mittsy,
They are planted in good soil and sunk into small tubby in full sun. Water is just below the top of pot. Is that OK?
Bonnie
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

August 25, 2013
3:26 PM

Post #9641154

Water should be over the pot at least 10 to 12". Mine are in blooming in 2 to 3 feet of water.
BonnieGardens
Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 27, 2013
7:33 PM

Post #9643378

No problem, I'll just go out and add more water tomorrow morning.
Thanks much for your suggestions.
Bonnie

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