How to Take Care of Lily Pads

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Lily pads can be properly cared for in a very specific way. Learn how to take care of lily pads with help from the pond department manager at a nursery in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Shane at Glover Nursery in West Jordan, Utah. I'm going to give you some tips on how to care for your water lily. Water lilies are an easy plant to care for. A few things to consider, however, are they are heavy feeders, they do like to be fertilized often. During the growing season you're going to want to use a fertilizer tablet at least once a month. The other thing to consider is the container size. Often when you buy a water lily it may be in a container this size or smaller. A water lily can outgrow a container this size in a season, no problem. So, you're going to want to repot and/or divide your water lily at least once a year and often, and usually you'll just do that in the Spring, maybe during Spring clean up. Now I've got a water lily here that has outgrown its pot and it's kind of missing a lot of its soil and see the tuber here is just overgrown. These are all still viable but if you look at these leaves, they're starting to just get really small. It's basically just starving. It doesn't have any nutrients. It's used up all the nutrients in the pot. It's hitting the sides of the container. So when it gets to this point you're going to just need to repot it. To do that you can take each one of these growing tips here and either with a sharp knife or just break them off, each one of these growing tips is going to be viable. So you're just going to want to take this tuber and put it in a new pot with new soil and plant each individual growing tip in a new container. A watered lily grown in a container this size should have upwards of 20 to 30 big pads on the surface and multiple flowers. So you can see that this plant is struggling and it needs to be repotted and fertilized. Again, I'm Shane with Glover Nursery in West Jordan. I've just given you some tips on caring for your water lily.


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