This issue of
PondStuff was prepared especially for Brett Fogle,
First of all -- Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of our
We've got some warm weather articles, tips, and pictures for you this
month, to help keep your mind off the cold.. In this issue, we're going
to cover: How to Fertilize, Divide, and Prune your water lilies this
Water Lillies - How and When To Divide and Fertilize...
While most of your ponds are slumbering in the dead of winter right
now, we're going to take a look at how and when to fertilize and
divide your water lillies.
Normally a good time to do this would be in early Spring, once
the pond thaws out and things are starting to warm up a bit - and
before your lillies have started growing back too much.
Dividing water lillies
Some people would recommend dividing your water lillies every
year, but I don't think that's practical or neccessary for most
people (unless your pond nut like me), but after awhile you WILL
have to divide your lily rhiozome as is outgrows it's current pot or
More on Dividing Water Lilies (With Pictures...) »
Fertilizing Your Water Lilies
Unfortunately, sunlight is not enough.
Your water lilies will grow, thrive, and bloom much better if you
get in the habit of fertilizing them regularly.
The good news is -- It's Easy!
you can either remove your water lily from the pond to fertilize
them, your sometimes you can even do it with the plants still in the
I prefer to remove them so I can inspect to see if they are
becoming overgrown, and possibly need dividing. This is really the
best way, and a good time to kill two birds with one stone.
So, first - remove the pot from the pond. Then drain out any
excess water, so you can see the surface of the soil and Rhiozome..
More on Fertilizing Lilies (With Pictures...) »
Pruning and Trimming Your Water Lilies
Ok, now we've covered how to divide and fertilize your water
lilies... now why don't we take a look at pruning and trimming them
to keep them looking their best!
Trimming and pruning your water lilies is important for two
First, you don't want old, decaying leaves rotting in your pond.
Second, trimming old, dying pads stimulates the plant to produce
more fresh ones, and third -- it just looks better!
To determine when to prune your water lilies - use your own
judgement for the most part. But if you notice a pad that is
yellowing, or has begun to decay in any way, or has black spots on
it - cut it off..
Pruning Water Lilies (and more pictures!) »
Why not take advantage of this 'quiet' time during the holidays to
catch up on your pond reading...
Remember, we've archived all past newsletter articles for your
convenience, which you can view online whenever you want, day or
We've got tons of useful articles covering everything from Summer
Pond Tips to Wildlife in Winter Ponds...
Click on the link below to start catching up on your pond
education, so you'll be ready for pond season this Spring!
Click here to access the 'Pond Article Archives'... »
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