Help needed with water lilie tubers.

renee48111(z5bMI)March 17, 2010

I was given at least 30 water lily tubers last fall. I didn't have time or the pots to get them planted up before we started getting really cold temps. So I placed them all in a 5 gallon bucket filled with garden soil and placed them in my 50 degree attic all winter. I just pulled them out and they are all very solid but the roots are mush and I cannot find where the growing tip was. Am I assuming these tubers are still good because they are solid? If so, how do I plant these? Every article states to plant them with the growing tip up, slanting horizontally in the soil. Is there anyway I can start them in water without soil, under a grow light I have to see if they are viable and will start producing leaves? My other lilies do great left alone in the pond over winter so I never had this situation. Any advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks! Renee

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catherinet(5 IN)

Hi Renee,
I'm no expert, but I think you can just put them in buckets of water and wait and see if they start to sprout. Hardy lilies are very hardy!
I planted one in the ground to store over winter once and never dug it up and it keeps making leaves!
Did you leave them in moist soil over the winter? The fact that they feel solid is a good sign. Hopefully they didn't dry out if you didn't use any water.
Some people here don't even pot up their lilies, so I think you're fine just leaving them in water until they start growing......and you can tell which way is up!
Good luck and let us know how it goes.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2010 at 11:06AM
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Thank you, I appreciate the follow up. I did put them in an under the bed type tupperware container with water and put a 4 foot light over them. One of them is already forming leaves. Yea! Thanks again! Renee

    Bookmark   March 19, 2010 at 10:09AM
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catherinet(5 IN)

I think I would just keep them outside without artificial light. They'll grow soon enough that way.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2010 at 7:45PM
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Here is a website page that tells about Water lilies maybe it will help you.

Here is a link that might be useful: Water Lily

    Bookmark   March 24, 2010 at 6:25PM
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