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Guppies keep mosquitoes in check with water lilies

  • KRYSTLE MARCELLUS / KMARCELLUS@STARADVERTISER.COM
    Aside from occasionally adding water due to evaporation, upkeep is minimal for your water lily. Experts warn against changing out the water in your pot.
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    Create your own water lily pot: (5) Remove dead leaves as needed and make sure the remaining leaves are floating on the surface, otherwise they will burn in the sun.
  • KRYSTLE MARCELLUS / KMARCELLUS@STARADVERTISER.COM
    Create your own water lily pot: (4) Add guppies to control mosquitoes and aphids. Do not feed the fish; they can feed on algae and insects in the pot.
  • KRYSTLE MARCELLUS / KMARCELLUS@STARADVERTISER.COM
    Create your own water lily pot: (3) To fertilize the plants, use time-release pond plant food as directed.
  • KRYSTLE MARCELLUS / KMARCELLUS@STARADVERTISER.COM
    Create your own water lily pot: (2) Place potted water lily plants in the center, ideally 6 to 12 inches below the surface (measured from the growth tip, where new leaves and buds originate), so that the leaves float on top of the water. A brick may be used to elevate the plant if necessary.
  • KRYSTLE MARCELLUS / KMARCELLUS@STARADVERTISER.COM
    Create your own water lily pot: (1) Fill a large leakproof pot, PREFERABLY at least 26 inches in diameter, with water.

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