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springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Apr 6, 2016 1:22 PM CST
American Lotus (Nelumbo lutea)

I really would like to grow these in my pond. My pond is about 3 1/2 feet deep and has a mud bottom on one end. The mud is about 6 inches deep. There is liner under that. I am thinking that is too deep for the lotus? Also the temp there that deep would be cool and they would not grow? I'm not sure how to fix this. I originally put a small kiddie pool, filled it with average clay like soil and filled the pond, after filling (or as I was filling) I had to level one end more than I thought and it made that end of the pond about a foot deeper than I wanted originally. The only way to fix that is to drain it all, scoop out the dirt and remove the pool. Will it hurt anything if I leave it for now? And just take it out in a couple of years when I do a big cleaning? Are there any lilies that will live at that depth?
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ctcarol
Apr 6, 2016 2:26 PM CST
Can you plant them in pots, and set those on concrete blocks? There is a beautiful Temple down the street from me that grew lotus in those big plastic totes, rather than in their pond.
springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Apr 6, 2016 2:37 PM CST
one end of the pond does have blocks but again they ended up deeper than I thought, not sure how deep the roots need to be in the water? I could add another row of block on top of the first set to make it a little taller, but not sure how close to the surface they need?





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springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Apr 6, 2016 2:41 PM CST
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these chickens got ate recently by a fox, saw w my own eyes Hilarious! Sad (yeah, I'm schizophrenic like that) anyhow posted on facebook about how glad I was the neighbors chickens got ate up. I guess word gets around pretty fast, I'm all ears! because I have not had one chicken in my yard since. They did tear up all my markers and now I don't know what anything is. Pooed on everything Sighing!

the goldfish are still alive, I seen them a week or so ago, and have started feeding them.

(edit to say, junk in the background is the neighbors side)
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Horntoad
Apr 6, 2016 3:52 PM CST
I doubt 3 1/2 feet is to deep. I'm fairly certain some of the wild ones here are deeper than that.
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springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Identifier
Frillylily
Apr 6, 2016 4:00 PM CST
maybe so , but you are in zone 9. I am in zone 6 barely. Almost 5. So the water temp in the spring stays cold far longer and I thought they need warm water temps to start sprouting? Shrug!

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