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Linda257Linda257 Posts: 19

hi everyone we have a mature water lily which has been given to us and we have made quite a few plants from it. Do you replant with the large leaves still on or take all the old leaves off and wait for the small new growth to come 

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  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,288

    Linda, I did the same last year. Best done in early spring. IMHO>

    You can get new plant from lengths of stem, around 6 inches / 150mm. If you can see roots , or new shoots , so much the better, but I found they sorted themselves out and all grew. 

    Lay the stems flat and partially bury them into the soil.

    I know "they" say don't use ordinary garden soil, but "aquatic soil" was too dear for me. I used a mix of garden soil and old compost from tubs. 

    You don't say how old your "new" plants are. Do they have a good root system? 

    Devon.
  • Linda257Linda257 Posts: 19

    Not quite sure but probably about 5 years old and it was massive and very healthy with a good root system. We can see the new leaves at the bottom of the lily 

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,288

    if it's that old, then I'd plant it. No need to remove older leaves.

    Devon.
  • Linda257Linda257 Posts: 19

    Thank you we will give that a go 

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