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Hardy water lilies
grow horizontally across the planting container. To do well,
large-sized containers are essential. A bushel-size container
is ideal. Other possible containers are wooden boxes made from
untreated lumber. Do not use redwood which is toxic under water.
Tubs, half barrels and metal tubs are better if painted with
a coat of underwater-type, non-toxic paint.
Use good, rich garden
soil and well-rotted, daily fertilizer or composted cow manure.
Avoid packaged potting soils; they are unsuitable for water
lily culture. Mix garden soil and manure at the ratio of four
parts of garden soil to one part manure. Fill container half
full and add one cup (8 oz. per bushel) of 10-10-10 fertilizer
and mix thoroughly. Fill the container up to approximately two
inches of the top with good garden soil only. Plant the lily
with the end without leaves against the container so that the
growing end (where the leaves are growing) will grow across
the container. Firm the soil around the rhizome, leaving the
crown exposed. Add one inch of washed sand or gravel over the
top of the soil to prevent fish from fouling the water.
Carefully lower the
planted container into the pool to a depth of six inches of
water over the lily. Water lilies start growth faster in shallow
water. After good growth has been established, twelve to eighteen
inches is an ideal depth. If the pool is too deep, put bricks
or blocks under the containers to bring them up to the proper