Mainam Nymphaea Rubra Bulb Dwarf Water Lily

capecodder

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I have a Nymphaea Rubra lily that is growing like crazy. All of the leaves are floating at the top. While I'd like to leave some of them floating will it harm the plant to cut half back to the bulb? Would that encourage some growth at the base? I don't want to harm the plant but I think it would look better to have some leaves near the bottom and at some point they will block all the light for my other plants.
 
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Hi @capecodder ,

I do that all the time with my Nymphaea micrantha, only I don't leave any leaves at the surface.

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I was concerned since I don't have any leaves at the bottom, would I have to cut all the runners to start that or would cutting a few create leaves below.
 

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Hi @capecodder ,

If you have no submerged leaves, just floaters, then I would remove all but two of the leaves and see if the bulb will start putting out submerged leaves again.
 
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