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Waterlilies -lauraw September 20, 2009

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I’m culling and dividing my waterlilies today and for the next few days.

Ordinarily I go on to a trading site to get rid of them, but I really don’t want any more plants right now so I’ll be giving away my extras and composting the rest.

Anybody want one? Or two?

Those of you in warmer climes will be able to keep these critters alive over the Winter in just a large pot or watertight decorative container outdoors. They may go dormant for a while in Winter but they will sprout right back up again in Spring and bloom their little heads off. Some of these divisions are large enough to bloom this Fall for you. These are all hardy lilies and will survive nicely as long as any ice doesn’t get thick enough to freeze around the submerged part of the plant.

I have some full-size plants whose mature lilypad spread is about 6-8 feet but their offsets can be miniaturized to work in a small container. The nice thing about them is that even though the spread and the lilypads themselves will be miniaturized, the flowers will be almost full-sized. I will give instructions on miniaturizing. Very easy.

I also have several dwarf varieties that are already perfect for growing in containers.

Waterlilies are so easy to grow it’s ridiculous. They are weeds. Basically you pot them up in mud with fertilizer at the bottom of the pot. Sink the lily pot in a large container full of water in a sunny or semi-sunny situation. The main concern is that the top of the water container is wide enough for lilypads to spread out and catch enough sun. Eighteen inches wide is probably the minimum. The lily pot should have several inches to a foot of water over the top of it. After the water seasons for a bit, you may want to add some dechlor and a couple bait-store shiners to the pot to control mosquito larvae. Or just float a mosquito dunk in there if you prefer.

Full-size lilies:
Colorado (shell-pink spiky flowers)
Un-named lily (very pale pink w/ glowing yellow center)

Dwarf lilies:
Walter Pagels (pure white)
Joanne Pring (spiky-petaled, medium purpley-pink w/ whitish outer petals)
Chromatella (cup-shaped bright yellow, larger blooms than most dwarf lilies)

Let me know if you want to try having a teensy watergarden and I will send you a plant and some info.

laura w tips AT gmail Doot Coom

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1. Eddie The Bear - September 20, 2009

can they grow indoors, or do you need to wait until spring?

2. lauraw - September 20, 2009

You do not want to overwinter waterlilies indoors. I have done this with tropical waterlilies and lotuses. Trust me.

How cold does it get in St Louis? Will it freeze a trash can full of water to the bottom?

3. daveintexas - September 20, 2009

It’s been a year or so since I killed the last ones. Send me more sacrificial lambs for slaughter.

4. Sneezy - September 20, 2009

I also have several dwarf varieties that are already perfect for growing in containers.

*zomg!!…must warn the others…*

5. Dopey in Texas - September 20, 2009

I also have several dwarf varieties that are already perfect for growing in containers.

NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

6. lauraw - September 20, 2009

I’m sending you two. A Colorado and an Unnamed one. You will not fail. Unless you put them in too much dirt, in which case you will fail spectacularly because they will become pot-busting giants with huge lilypads sprawling out of the water onto your flagstones. I will laugh at you, and point, too.

Tiny pot o’ mud. SMALL.

Cathy? You have a nice situation for a big urn near the patio brimming with water, with a blooming waterlily and some goldfish in it. Yes? Eh?

7. Retardy - September 20, 2009

I’ll tell my wife, Mrs BrewFan!!!

8. Graty - September 20, 2009

You’re going to love my nuts.

9. daveintexas - September 20, 2009

A tiny pot?

10. Goatsy - September 20, 2009

Does this look infected to you?

11. Goatsy - September 20, 2009

Hahahahaha.

Spam bucket. Little help.

12. lauraw - September 20, 2009

I use one of those 6-in. diameter ziploc food containers. Put an inch of tomato fertilizer in the bottom, mix with a little clay dirt, and wet down. Seal this in with more clay, add waterlily roots and cover with muddy clay soil. Top with sand or pebbles if you have curious goldfish who like to dig.

Do you have clay soil? Should I send you some? I have perfect heavy clay loam for waterlily growin’.

13. Rosetta the Racist - September 20, 2009

Did you know today is National Check the Spam Bucket Day?

14. lauraw - September 20, 2009

You should check out places like dollar stores or Christmas Tree shops for really huge cheap urns to put the lily in. If you find one that has a hole in it but a rubber plug, you can use those but seal the plug with good caulk first. Those things leak.

You want some other water plants to float in there along with the lilypads? All my free-floating plants are tropical and going to die.

15. lauraw - September 20, 2009

Hah! Some smartass comment didn’t make it?

I’m not an admin so I don’t know how to do that.

16. daveintexas - September 20, 2009

The one I used last time is like, five gallons I think. Too big.

Yes, we have tons of clay soil here. It’s pretty much all we have. Clay clay clay.

17. lauraw - September 20, 2009

No, I’m not talking about the pot of water, I’m talking about the little pot you plant the lily tuber in.

The pot of water should be as big as you can get, really.

18. daveintexas - September 20, 2009

ah, you grow em in something small FIRST!

You know, you wrote all that shit down for me last time and I lost it. I just stuck em in the big pot with some dirt and water and waited.

19. Claude Monet - September 20, 2009

Excuse me, mademoiselle, did you say that you are giving away ze Water Lilies?

Sacre Bleu! You are a cretin with no appreciation for ze art!

I bid you…adieu!

20. lauraw - September 20, 2009

Men. Do not. Ask for directions. EVER.

*facepalm*

I was wondering why when you had that brief cold snap you didn’t just transfer the little pot to a bucket indoors temporarily.

Now I know.

21. Michael - September 20, 2009

Did you know today is National Check the Spam Bucket Day?

I thought it was National Punch A Sockpuppet In The Nads Day.

22. Michael - September 20, 2009

Frickin’ Texas clay. Takes an hour to clean your shoes. First time I’ve ever heard it might be good for something.

23. daveintexas - September 20, 2009

well, uhm.

yeah.

24. Michael - September 20, 2009

Laura, did you know we still have some of your spearmint in pots?

Unbelievably, it survived the truck ride down here in scorching hot weather. I put it in my bourbon.

25. lauraw - September 20, 2009

Yep, you told me that. Would you like some peppermint, too? I’m about to kill some of that, along with pretty much everything that’s poised to eat my yard next Spring. I’ve had the shredder out today and my eye keeps falling on things to feed into it.

The peppermint I have smells so much like a candy cane it’s ridiculous. No grassy notes whatsoever. The best peppermint I have ever smelled. It will be like aromatherapy when I feed it through the shredder.

26. Cathy - September 20, 2009

Hey Laura.
I’d like to give your plants a try.

Iffin u r willin’ I’ll try to not kill some lily stuff and some peppermint.
I need lots of instructions. But I’ll try to follow em.
Thanks

27. daveintexas - September 20, 2009

Oh fine keep pointing out the instructions thing.

FINE

28. Lipstick - September 20, 2009

hehehehe.

Men.

29. BrewFan - September 20, 2009

We don’t need no stinkin’ instructions!

30. lauraw - September 20, 2009

Yay! Hi Cathy!

OK, first thing, get a very wide vessel like an enormous plant pot with no hole in it. And email me your Texas address.

What color you like? Pink? White? Yellow?

31. daveintexas - September 20, 2009

I’m going to stick them in my nose and take a picture.

32. geoff - September 20, 2009

OK, first thing, get a very wide vessel like an enormous plant pot with no hole in it. And email me your Texas address.

I think a pot should have at least one hole.

33. BrewFan - September 20, 2009

I think a pot should have at least one hole.

I’ll bet you didn’t need any instructions to know that, either. Ha! Take that womens!

34. lauraw - September 20, 2009

*SIGHS*

Cathy, get a plant pot that has one gigantic hole in the top of it and NO OTHERS.

dang, geoff…

35. Dave in Texas - September 20, 2009

hey, these things smell bad.

36. BrewFan - September 20, 2009

hey, these things smell bad.

Put your socks back on

37. Michael - September 20, 2009

Laura, I think we already got some pots like that. We killed some stuff in them.

38. Retired Geezer - September 20, 2009

Mine is still alive.
Send me any orphans that nobody wants.

PS, I HATE this frickin’ laptop.
But.
I love the view out my motel window of the River flowing into the Ocean.

39. Mrs. Peel - September 20, 2009

Hey, does your underwear have any holes in it? No? Well, then, how do you get it on?

(of course, for men, the underwear is probably more holes than cloth…)

40. Cathy - September 20, 2009

Laura
Prefer yellow or white. Pink not so much, unless it’s fuchsia or magenta.

41. Cathy - September 20, 2009

Thanks

42. lauraw - September 20, 2009

Geezer, I have this one that I love but have to get rid of because it’s eating my little pond. The lilypads are about fourteen inches across and it has a spread of about ten feet, if I didn’t keep cutting back the pads.

My pond is only 8 x 16, fer chrissakes.

If you want, you can have it. It’s beautiful. The flowers are GINORMOUS. Needs a beeeg pot. The tuber has escaped my large pot and is stretching out into the water, trying to touch root on the liner/gravel. Ridunculous.

When will you be home to receive it?

43. Dave in Texas - September 21, 2009

>> trying to touch root on the liner/gravel.

How YOU doin?

44. geoff - September 21, 2009

dang, geoff…

Hey, I just saved you a world of topological hurt.

45. Cathy - September 21, 2009

Thinkin’ about putting a little pond, fountain, or water feature in the front island with the three large palms where the u-driveway is.

A few years back got a Better Homes & Garden’s book on Water Gardens. Wow. Dunno where to start. Maybe I’ll visit a garden center or two that have some all laid out that could help me think of possibilities. We may want to get a landscape artist out here to help us not make a mess of it.

With plants arriving soon, I better get on to it.

46. lauraw - September 21, 2009

In your climate, you may want to think about adding a tropical waterlily next spring. They are large and spectacular even from a distance. Some bloom in blue and deep purple, too, which is not possible with hardy lilies.

47. Cathy - September 21, 2009

Maybe a Laura I know should get out here to consult me.

Booze, smoked meats, grilled steaks, could be involved.

48. reason, who hates most of his neighbors' pets - September 21, 2009

A water feature out front?

Man, you are just begging for stray animals to ruin it.

49. Dave in Texas - September 21, 2009

snakes love em in Texas

50. Cathy - September 21, 2009

Oh. Goodie.

*puts industrial strength rubber gloves on shopping list*

51. geoff - September 21, 2009

A few years back got a Better Homes & Garden’s book on Water Gardens.

I bought that same book. I’ve read through it several times, but . . . I’m askeered to actually undertake any of those projects.

52. lauraw - September 21, 2009

Snakes love them in CT too.

Books and magazines have never really helped me all that much. But this site has.

http://www.americanponders.com/forum

There’s lots of posts about the technical stuff, along with good pics and descriptions of how to build things. And a trading post where you can buy a wide variety of excellent plants for a lot less than at a nursery. There’s some very helpful people who love to help newbies in there.

Lots of pretty lily pictures and pond help on the other pages as well. Best place on the net for water gardening info. AFAIC.

53. Dave in Texas - September 21, 2009

That’s cause ponds attract tasty critters for snakes.

Sometimes you hear a frog burping, then a splash, and then SILENCE.

54. reason - September 21, 2009

Geez, Davey McDeathington…maybe the frog was going after something…

55. lauraw - September 21, 2009

Maybe a Laura I know should get out here to consult me.
Booze, smoked meats, grilled steaks, could be involved.

That ,i>would be so nice to do. Times like this I wish I had employees.
Maybe you could send me photos of the palm tree area you’re talking about?

56. Cathy - September 21, 2009

Maybe you could send me photos of the palm tree area you’re talking about?

I’ll get on those photos HOWEVER I was trying to get you to get your cute butt here for a PARTAY… and bring your main squeeze with ya.

57. Retired Geezer - September 21, 2009

When will you be home to receive it?

We will return to Camp Geezer in about a week. Having too much fun on the Oregon Coast.

58. lauraw - September 22, 2009

I know, I know. Someday we will be able to do that kind of stuff. Right now? Not possible, dear. I can’t close my business. Wish I could, that’s what I meant by wishing I had employees.


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