Text Box: compost, pond muck, or any soil that may have pesticide in it.  At Shady Lakes, we sell the soil at 80 cents per gallon, or in prepped tubs that have all the ingredients you need (the container, topsoil, some cow manure, sand topping, and Pondtabbs).  A 4 gallon prepped tub is $8.95, 2 gallon is $6.95, and a 1 gallon is $1.95.  All you need to do is divide the plants and transplant them.  Or, if you wish to bring your plants to Shady Lakes for division, we will do all the work for $9.95 (per 2 gallon) or $12.95 (per 4 gallon) for each potted plant that you want.  (However, if you bring them on a busy weekend afternoon, be prepared for a wait or to leave them, as divisions can be time consuming.)  We also divide aquatic plants at your home as part of our On-Site Services. 
Examine the lily for the largest growing point with the most leaves (and  buds) coming up.  With a large knife, make a wide excision cut around the root.  Don’t cut the root too short!  Wash off all the old soil.  Clear a place in the soil of the new tub, place the lily in with the non-growing end of the rhizome against the side of the pot, pointing the plant toward the center of the tub.  Gently press soil around the root.  Push Pondtabbs (one tablet per gallon of soil) deep into soil near the roots, then plug the hole.  Top off  the soil with 1” of gravel or sand.  Do not cover the growing point of the plant; it must stick out of the soil.  Gently lower the plant into the pond, preferably in a sunny spot. 
 Divide bog plants in a similar fashion, but place two or three plants in the new container.  Transplant cattails early while they are still short, but wait on iris until after they have bloomed in the spring (late August preferred).  
 Cared for periodically in this fashion, your aquatic plants will continue to thrive and multiply for as long as you wish to enjoy them.
Text Box: Dividing Hardy Water Lilies
     Water lilies are incredibly prolific plants.  You may have already noticed.  Every two to four years, a lily must be pulled out of its pot, divided, and transplanted.  
 Symptoms of a water lily in need of division:  Fewer and smaller blooms even when the plant has been well fertilized.  (Eventually the plant will stop blooming and just send up foliage.)  No room to insert Pondtabbs as the tub is rootbound.  The lily rhizome has crawled out of the pot and is growing across the bottom of the pond.  Or, pull up the container and look closely at the lily.  What once was one lily in a container is now four or six or ten!  However, just because there is more than one plant in a tub doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be divided yet.  It matters more how the plant is performing (blooming, growing).  
 You can divide your water lilies anytime from mid-March through August.  However, the best time to divide them is in early spring when the leaves are red and immature.  They hardly go through transplant shock when divided at this stage.
 Gather together the materials you will need: container(s) of prepared soil for new plants, plant food (Highland Rim or Pondtabbs) plus sand or gravel to top off the soil in the pot.  
Aquatic plants need good, rich topsoil, preferably with a clay cut to it, such as you might find in an established vegetable or flower garden or orchard.  The problem in Albuquerque is that this soil is hard to come by.  You cannot use commercial mixes, as they are cut with peat moss and bark which will float up when placed in water.  Do not use sand, fresh

 

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