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Water lilies are an aquatic plant commonly found in ornamental ponds. They will grow in fertile loamy soils with seldom need any additional need for fertilizer. If the soil is light or of a poor quality clay, either incorporate a layer of decayed cow manure or mix in an organic fertilizer at a a rate of 10 grams per 10 litres volume of soil. Course bonemeal is particularly suitable for this purpose.
Plant newly propagated tubers or rhizomes between mid April and early June, setting them so that the soil is level with the young, growing part of the root-stock. When placing in their new setting, keep the water as clear as possible to allow light and warmth to penetrate and encourage new growth.
When planting direct, reach down through the water and push the rootstock into the soft mud. Alternatively, in large ponds only, strip the grass from a suitably sized turf, roll the rootstock inside with the crown exposed, secure with a section of jute string and carefully lower into position.
April or may are the best time for thinning. After draining the water or lifting the containers, examine the rootstock and select one of the strongest rhizomes or tubers.. Using a sharp, strong knife, sever this 6-8 inches back from the growing part and trim off the true roots beneath These sections of the rhizome can be replanted.
If the pool is being planted at this time, store the rhizomes temporarily in a box covered with wet sacking or paper and place in the shade.
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