I don't stumble on good deals very often, so I had to share this one. I walked into WalMart today, and they had four "preplanted Hardy Water Lilies" marked down from $10 to $3.50. I picked out the two best-looking ones, a Rose Arey and odorata var. gigantea and took them to the checkout. Where they got marked down agan to $2.50 each - woohoo!
Up to now, I hadn't bought ANY lilies for this pond, because when we moved in, there were 8-10 big planters full of a hardy yellow variety. I traded a few away last year, will trade more of them next spring to make some room for some plants that I get to pick out.
Hope ya'll will forgive my exuberant happy-happy-joy-joy dance (I didn't know who else to share my good news with - it takes a ponder to understand a ponder!)
One of them already had leaves coming up - hey were in large, heavy plastic, sealed bags (I guess to keep the moisture in. Fortuantely, the leaves were in great shape - no rotting at all. The other one had small leaves shooting out, but they hadn't unfurled yet. All in all pretty good shape for ultra-cheap plants. (Let's hope they grow fast, so I can share them!)
Excellent! Do I need to remind you not to put them in too deep to start. What will you plant them in? I prefer the aquatic dirt instead of small pebbles because my fish knock them around too much and make a mess on the bottom. I'm anxious to see the flowers you get. "T" :)
Yes, ma'am :) I set them in the shallow end, so they're only covered by about an inch or two of water. As the leaves take off, I'll move them deeper.
They came in pots of aquatic soil, but the pots weren't full. So I grabbed some of my trusty clay soil and mixed it together with the aquatic soil, and put it back in the pot, added a fertilizer tab in the middle, and put the tuber on top. Covered the surface with pea gravel... I'll post some photos once they take off.
Well, I did have to stop and think about where to put them before I set them in - since I "inherited" my others, it was a new experience for me to start them from scratch. Starting at the shallow end seemed logical. (And it was nice to get affirmation that I did it correctly lol.)
The pots are not high-quality pots intended for pond plants. But I went ahead and used them since I didn't have any *real* pond pots handy. I figure I can transplant them next spring when I do my annual pruning and repotting.