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This is pic of a lily pad that I put in about 10 years ago. It is a hardy lily that obviously does great in the Wisconsin winters. It has grown crazy in the last few years where it is almost covering my 20'x 15' pond. Last year my brother went in and cut a good section of root out for his pond. I was a bit worried that we might kill it, but it came back with a vengeance.

I have never seen a lily grow upwards like this. My pic does not really do it justice but the pads are almost 2' above the waterline straight up. I don't want to cut it in half and have two separate plants. Would you just leave it alone, or cut it?


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I know nothing about Lily pads , but that one looks damn healthy . Nice pond !
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I know nothing about Lily pads , but that one looks damn healthy . Nice pond !
Agreed. We have a pond in front of our house that was once a beautiful lily pond but ducks got in there and screwed up the whole ecosystem.

FWIW none of the pad got that high a above the water level, but I wouldn't worry about it. Let them thrive.

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I see you have Koi in there.........I'm surprised they do not eat the vegetation.
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I have never seen the Koi eat them.
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can you prune Lilly's?
it is pretty!!! Well done!!!
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i wouldnt kill it, but it definitely needs to be trimmed back other wise eventually it will take over the entire pond
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don't cut it in half. I'm sure it's not one big root. It's probably got little root fingers everywhere. Manage it's size by cutting a few fingers off now and then. Transplant them into new pots and sell/give away. If you want, wrap one in a wet paper towel, put in a zip lock and mail it to me.

Here's my pond. Those are Lotus sticking up, not lillies. My lillies are a small leaf variety. Fish don't bother them. I pulled some larger leaved hardy lillies out of a local creek while yakking and the koi ate them. Go figure.


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I would follow Squidsduskey's suggestion. My neighbors pond is about 1/2 acre and totally clogged up with lily pads. They grow out of the water about a foot every year. Usually by August they get burnt to a crisp and die off. It makes for a smelly mess. Years ago I drug a harrow thru the pond and killed about half of them but they come right back. The root system looks like a palm tree log laying horizontal on the bottom of the pond with roots that drop out of them.
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Originally Posted by ZENFOLD View Post
I would follow Squidsduskey's suggestion. My neighbors pond is about 1/2 acre and totally clogged up with lily pads. They grow out of the water about a foot every year. Usually by August they get burnt to a crisp and die off. It makes for a smelly mess. Years ago I drug a harrow thru the pond and killed about half of them but they come right back. The root system looks like a palm tree log laying horizontal on the bottom of the pond with roots that drop out of them.

Son in law/Daughter have about a 1 acre pond that has too many lily pads. I bought some this and just put it out Sunday afternoon.

https://www.killlakeweeds.com/products/aquacide-pellets


I will let you know how it does.

I honestly thing lily pads are like kudzu, you can kill that crap if you tried
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Originally Posted by tprice View Post
Son in law/Daughter have about a 1 acre pond that has too many lily pads. I bought some this and just put it out Sunday afternoon.

https://www.killlakeweeds.com/products/aquacide-pellets


I will let you know how it does.

I honestly thing lily pads are like kudzu, you can kill that crap if you tried
I would do this but my neighbor wants no part of chemicals to control it. I offered to pull them again and she said she is fine the way it is.
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They need em. Trust me.



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The pellets work good if there is no moving water. We spray but can never kill them all.
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Aren’t you suppose to pot the plant in the pond with rocks on top of the plant to stop the soil floating away, and also controls the size .!!
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Aren’t you suppose to pot the plant in the pond with rocks on top of the plant to stop the soil floating away, and also controls the size .!!
yup. Yearly
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Originally Posted by peter bear View Post
Aren’t you suppose to pot the plant in the pond with rocks on top of the plant to stop the soil floating away, and also controls the size .!!
Maybe? I have not touched mine in at least 10 years, so that may explain it.

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