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mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

June 30, 2014
6:06 AM

Post #9881334

My grandson is visiting and we removed a large lily plant growing in a five gallon bucket from the pond. I have taken several pictures showing the cleaning procedure.

1. The pot with plant removed from the five gallon bucket and cut in half, with half removed. (The other half went back into the pond)


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mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

June 30, 2014
6:13 AM

Post #9881343

6. Soaking in clean water to remove all snails, fish eggs, etc.
7. The pink lilies blooming in the pond.

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mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

June 30, 2014
6:18 AM

Post #9881349

2. The plant out of the pot.

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mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

June 30, 2014
6:19 AM

Post #9881354

3. The bottom half of the matted roots and the soil removed.

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mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

June 30, 2014
6:23 AM

Post #9881355

4. Dividing the individual plants into sections.
5. After cleaning the individual sections with the pressure hose.

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mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

June 30, 2014
6:24 AM

Post #9881358

Now I need to bleach soak my hands to clean me up. To be continued.

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Corsetiere

Corsetiere
Columbus, OH

July 1, 2014
4:20 PM

Post #9882945

I think you're missing the important last step - mailing me a couple of the cast offs! ha ha! ;)
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

July 2, 2014
1:15 AM

Post #9883416

Nowhere near the last step. Haven't treated for snails yet. Have several more water changes to make.

Corsetiere

Corsetiere
Columbus, OH

July 2, 2014
6:54 AM

Post #9883566

Yeah I just had to dose my lotus seedlings with potassium permanganate for snails. The jerks were eating my lotus leaves!
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

July 2, 2014
10:22 AM

Post #9883734

Fresh water today and pour off the old water onto my thirsty maters. Gotta love the tomato sandwiches! That's a BLT without the B & L.
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

September 18, 2014
9:11 AM

Post #9942798

Finally catching up with the cleaning procedure. I continued to change the water every other day or so. Sure don't need any more mosquitoes around here. I finally found my jar of alum (I use it also in canning to keep pickles crisp). Drain the bucket down to about half and add a few Tablespoons of the alum, stir around and leave for a couple of days. This should kill off any remaining snail eggs. To dispose of the alum water I dump it on the grass as I'm not sure what effect it might have on my garden plants. You now rinse everything will fresh water and now you can pack and mail. I'm transporting a dozen or so to the FL Round Up so they'll be staying in the 5 gallon bucket until we go.

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