Planting Hardy Water Lilies

Place the hardy water lily tuber at a 45 degree angle with the non-growing end against the side of the pot. Add several Highland Rim Fertilizer Tablets (1 tablet per gallon of soil). Place tablets right in front of the crown (where the leaves and roots connect) of the tuber. Be careful that the tablets are not touching the roots, as this will burn them. Press the soil around the roots being careful not to cover the crown of the plant. Add a layer of gravel over the soil, again being careful not to cover the crown. It is better to plant lilies too high, than to plant them too deep. We like to use gravel that is about 1/2″ in diameter, although rinsed pea gravel will also work. Gravel helps keep the soil in the pot and also keeps the fish from digging in the soil. Hardy lilies go to the bottom of the pond 18″ to 36″ deep. Some of the smaller varieties can be 12″ deep.

2 thoughts on “Planting Hardy Water Lilies

    • dragonfly says:

      There are a few things to do for hardy lilies to encourage them to grow. First make sure they are in a pot at least 2 gallons or more. Put 2 fertilizer tablets in the dirt every three to four weeks. We recommend Highland Rim Fertilizer Tablets. If the pot is deeper than 24″ move it up where it is about 18 – 20 inches of water above the pot. I’m not really sure if this is a new lily or one that you have had for a few years. But if it is one you have had for a few years you might try and repot it and divide it so that is gains more strength.
      I hope this helps. If you have any other questions let us know. Thanks! Barb

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