Hardy Lily Pond Plant Care
Caring for a hardy lily pond plant requires digging them up in the winter to prevent freezing, trimming back the foliage to prevent spreading and keeping it contained to avoid taking over natural waterways. Grow a pond lily in a yard pond or in a whiskey barrel with advice from a sustainable gardener in this free video on garden maintenance.
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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment we're going to talk about hardy pond lily plant care. Now, water lilies or pond lilies are usually bought in the spring or the summer, and you buy the little starts and they're just a little root. And you just set em' in the water in your little pond, or you can have a, even a whiskey barrel that you put water in and just set em' in there and they'll grow. They just grow gorgeous foliage and gorgeous lily flowers on them, and they'll multiply and multiply, and they'll fill up an area very quickly. And there's different types of water lilies. There's hardy varieties and there's non-hardy varieties. And if you live in a cold, cold climate there's lots of em' that will live from year to year without being taken out of the water, but if you live in an area that's really cold, or you have a variety that is tender then an easy way to store your water lilies is just whenever it starts freezing in the fall dig em' up, cut the foliage off. Just save the roots in sand, or in compost, or just in newspaper; keeping them on the moist side, and then turn around and put em' out in the spring again and then they'll grow. But now, they're finding many water lilies are becoming invasive weeds, so if you live in a mild climate like the northwest where they don't freeze out every year they're getting into the natural waterways and they're just taking over. So, when you do grow water lilies make sure to protect em'. Don't put em' into natural waterways, and don't put em' near natural areas where they can really multiply and become a problem, and just keep em' to yourself. Just keep em' in your small water features that don't have entry into a public area, or in a a park where they're going to take over. But saying that, they're one of the easiest plants that you can put in your water garden. You can start em' almost any time of the year, and they'll multiply real quickly. They remind me of strawberries. Once you've got one start you sit it in the water; it just shuns sends off runners and they start new water lilies everywhere. And you can pull off any one of those water lilies and start a new plant; it's that easy. And even if the water freezes completely over many of the hardy varieties will still survive.