One early spring project this year was repotting the waterlilies I bought last year. I bought three different varieties, and they certainly displayed very different growth patterns!
The first, a red called Conqueror, was not very vigorous. It only gave me a couple blooms during the summer. Hardly lived up to its name. However, it grew well enough, and as you can see from the picture it had a couple growth spots after a year. It did not need transplanting, but probably will next year.
The next, a yellow called Betsy Sakata, was quite different! Not content to remain in the pot, its growth point kept growing further and further out of the pot, dangling down roots along the way. Isn't that neat? But clearly it needed repotting.
The third and most prolific bloomer was a pink called Mme. Wilfrom Gonnere. As you can see, not only was there a growth point coming out of the pot, there were many other growing points as well, and in fact, the pot was tearing in several places from the pressure of the roots! This would make me many different plants. My next post will describe the process of dividing and repotting. Yucky, but very satisfying!
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