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Water Lilly problem

KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,831
We have had a dwarf water lilly for several years.  Last year there were no flowers.  We can see lots of leaves in the pot coming from multiple stems, but these have barely grown over the past few months. We put a fertiliser ball in the pot a month ago, with no sign of any impact.  We bought another plant two weeks ago, same species but different colour, and it has put on lots of growth in just 2 weeks, but the leaves are all coming from one stem.  Should we have divided the older plant, and if so, is it too late now to do this?


  • RubytooRubytoo Posts: 1,596
    I think they need regular dividing,  if they get over crowded they don't flower as well.
    Though it is better to do them early you can do them any time, but not winter .

    I would have thought it is a good time in that you won't freeze anything off this time of year... :D
  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,831
    Thanks Rubytoo.  I had a feeling we should have divided it last year, but I will do so shortly.  Fingers crossed we get some flowers this year, but if not, then at least we know we will have several new plants for the future.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,904
    @Hostafan1 grows quite a few water lilies .... I know he has a lot on at the moment but if he sees this he may have some pointers for you 😊 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Big Blue SkyBig Blue Sky Posts: 713
    I had exactly the same problem last year. Turned out the leafs of the miniature water lilies were all eaten up by mosquito larvae. Plus I think it was just too hot for them. 
    They seem to be doing better this year as I try to remove sludge and algae as often as possible. 
    I have nymphaea pygmaea. Not sure if I should divide them too, will check in the autumn. 
  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,831
    My problem is not loss of leaves, I have lots of them, but they have stayed like this for months.  I think there are simply too many plants in the pot.  The new lilly I bought last week only has one of these little clumps in the pot.  The older one below has about 8 clumps in it.  

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,870
    I'd happily remove that from the water now and split each of those "crowns" and replant them in separate pots. 
  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,831
    I will need 9 ponds Hostafan!  Our pond is the size of a small dining table, and already crammed with plants.  Another job to add to tomorrow's long list.  
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,870
    offer them, or some of them , on freecycle?
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