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    Lilies slow to bloom? Some growing tips

    Some are having trouble with lilies not blooming. Lets see if I can help you.

    Floating lilies are not going to bloom or thrive. They need to be rooted, and have access to a fertilizer with a high middle number. I use one with 30 as the middle number. Use a pot without holes so the fertilizer does not leak out into the pond. Dollar store dish pans or oil change pans are great.

    Hardies don't like their roots crowded, so they like a bigger pot, round is better than square. Place the growing point towards the middle of the pot.

    Tropicals are ok with smaller pots, or even square ones.

    If you are having high heat now, the hardies will slow down the blooms till it is a bit cooler. The pads will possibly even be turning brown on the edges. Some lilies will also show sun damage on the blooms themselves.

    The tropicals just love all the heat they can get. And will have many more blooms than the hardies.

    The deeper the hardies are planted, the slower they bloom. I find 15 to 30 inches is best. Tropicals seem to do well for me from 12 to 24 inches.

    If your lily has bloomed, but stopped, you need to add fertilizer.

    If your lily is piling up all the pads in the center, and sticking out of the water, you need to repot.

    Fish, frogs and turtles can affect your plants. The bigger the fish are , the worse they treat your plants. Koi think lilies are on the salad bar. If you are unlucky enough to have raccoons, they will make a mess of your plants. And frequently kill them.

    Your koi WILL eat your lilies. If they did not do it yet, you are lucky. Or the koi are not big enough yet. Once the goldies are over a foot long, they will too.
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    I forgot to mention, if you have a lily that does not want to stay in it's pot, get the small bungee cords from the dollar store, and just put one across the pot. It works great, and is a easy cheap solution.
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    Thanks, LouAnn! This is great.

    The Wanvisa I got from Larkin last year was repotted this Spring. It is massive and has about 1/2 the pond with pads up above the water. I should wait to repot it until Fall, correct?
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    As long as it is blooming, I would leave it. You can put some fertilizer in a paper towel and poke it in the pot, cover the hole with dirt. Once the days shorten, it will go dormant. The tropicals will just keep on trucking 🌷 I find Wanvisa has a tendency to pile up the pads.
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    I need to get rid of some of the hardies and get some tropicals.

    The only one blooming is Florida Sunset.
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    Some of today's bloomers. It smells good in my yard!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lilylady View Post
    Some of today's bloomers. It smells good in my yard!
    LilyLady they are just fabulous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sammie222 View Post
    LilyLady they are just fabulous.
    Thank you. My hardies are starting to come up and I still have a few tropicals blooming from last year. They do brighten up u your day!
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    LouAnn, are you going to have any to sell this year?

    I'm still trying to figure out what to plant mine in that won't go all over the bottom of the pond.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kntry View Post
    LouAnn, are you going to have any to sell this year?

    I'm still trying to figure out what to plant mine in that won't go all over the bottom of the pond.
    I will. Hardies and tropicals both. Are you going to use some kind of container? I do have some pond hogs, I won't send those if you don't want big ones.
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