Water lilies

RSH_Fl(z8/9 Fl)July 10, 2005

I need to repot or propagate my water lilies. They have very long stems leading well out of their pots. Do these stems require roots to survive cutting the leads and repotting; or, will they do fine if I cut and pot them? I've never done this before, and any insight would be appreciated.

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georgez5il(z5 IL)

Division: is with a part of the root system & stem/leaf.
divide every 2-3 year & takes 8 months of a division to mature....

    Bookmark   July 10, 2005 at 3:52PM
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AgastacheMan(z7 CA)

I have great propagation returns with even small eye buds of various waterlilies. My viviparious lilies obviously gives me little babies of the leaf margins, but my rhizomes from my oviparious lilies generate anywhere from 6 to 12 eye buds and division a year, and I don't have to wait 2-3 years to propagate....Water temp, onset vigorous growth, and a little work go along way for many babies.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2005 at 10:31PM
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RSH_Fl(z8/9 Fl)

Thanks for your responses. So, if I divide the water lily, I have to include roots with the new potting, leaving the very long stem dangling out of the pot?

    Bookmark   July 11, 2005 at 10:14AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

try the linked forum ...

Here is a link that might be useful: pond

    Bookmark   July 12, 2005 at 2:16PM
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kate_rose(7a TX panhandle)

Water lilies are so tough that even if you cut the stem off if you are dividing a well established root it should grow right back (especially if you stick a fertilizer tab or 2 designed for water lilies in with the root). I usually wait to divide my lilies until they are dormant which is what is recomended but in Florida you might be able to do it anytime. In my opinion, though beautiful, water lilies are pretty weedy.

Though I only have temperate zone lilies so maybe tropicals are more picky.

Good Luck

    Bookmark   July 17, 2005 at 1:39AM
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