Dying water lily
I bought a water lily and put it in our home made pond. It looked like it was dying after a couple of weeks and most of the leaves turned yellow and brown and then dropped off. The stalk is still good with one little leaf trying to bud out. I put it in potting soil inside of a pot. It came in this very slimy clay material. Should I let it be just in the soil and see if it grows or put it another pot and put it back in the pond?
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

Hi
Well sometimes water lilies do drop their leaves and start over if they are disturbed or transplanted. They do best in common garden soil. Potting soil can be too lightweight and too rich for them, but I doubt that's the problem here. They also like very warm water that doesn't move. I would put it in your pond, making sure it gets at least 6 to 8 hours of sun a day, and leave it alone. It should rebound if you leave it alone for a while.

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