Water Lily Care And Maintenance Tips
Water lily care varies a lot from the ground grown plants and for
Proper water lily care starts with location. These plants will require a
minimum of six hours of sunshine each day. Most of them bloom in
time when the sun is high and close in the evening as the sun sets and
the air cools. Investigating the many different types of water lily
introduce you to some that will require a bit less sunlight, but be
careful with your choices.
Use caution when you place your water lily plants in your pond or water
feature. If you have a fountain in it, you may want to reconsider your
Water lilies do not survive well with fountains or other
splashing water. The effect on them is much the same as putting a garden
plant in a bucket of water.
The stomata on the top of the leaf of the water lily will cause the
plant to drown if there is too much splashing water. If the plant does
not drown from
the water, the increased moisture on the top of the leaf encourages
bacterial growth and will have the same effect.
Water lily plants will adapt to the water they are in. It is necessary
to adhere to water lily care to make the transfer to a deeper water
If the plant has already started to open, it will not tolerate deeper
water because the stems have lost all elasticity. New leaves, however
Choosing The Right Container
Water plants grow vigorously. Start with a large water plant container, preferably at
least 15" round and 10" deep. If you are planting tropical water lilies,
use a pot
that is 20" in diameter. While a 10 in pot may do well with some of the
plants, it will restrict the growth of other water lily plants.
Use either aquatic planting media or a poorish, unfertilised garden soil. Too many nutrients in the soil can cause excessive algae growth.
Wet the soil well before planting. This will avoid having the roots flow free. The container should be at least 2/3 full.
On the hardy water lily plants, check the buds or growing points, (eyes). The rhizome should be horizontal with the eye at the highest point. Having the eye in the middle of the pot will present a much more pleasing look as it blooms. Once your rhizome is properly centered, fill the rest of the pot.
More planting waterlilies correctly here!
Fertilizing Water Lily Plants
As with any plant, proper water lily care will require feeding. When the
water warms and the first leaves have surfaced, it is time to feed.
this and the algae will thrive, but not your plant.
Commercial pond pellets are available and will assist you in having a
healthy, beautiful plant.
The pellets need to be distributed into the quadrants of the large pot
monthly. Be sure to bury the pellet as deeply as your finger allows and
it up or the pond will be fed instead of the flower.
Different Types Of Water Lilies
The many shapes of the lily will amaze you. You can find water lily
plants that produce round, cup shape, fluffy, pointed or star shaped.
The leaves are
jagged or smooth, pointed or round. The variety will be determined by
the size of your water feature and your own particular style of
landscaping. They are
a beautiful addition to any vista.
Miniature water lilies can be grown in smaller garden ponds or in a pot water garden. They need a minimum depth of 10 - 30 cm. You can choose either
Nymphaea odorata minor or Nymphaea pygmaea alba. They both flower white.
Hardy water lilies come in red, white, pink, yellow and sunset. They will give you color from April through October.
The tropical water lilies have different shape leaves and come in a variety of beautiful colors. The fragrant blossoms rise to the top of the water and
stay there throughout the season.
The choice for the color and type of water lily
plant is yours. You can accent the colors of your landscaping or give the look of tropical wild flowers.
This is the yellow variety Nuphar lutea. These yellow water lilies
grow wild in Europe and are only suitable for larger ponds.
They need a water depth of 0.5 - 2.5 m.
This is Nymphaea mexicana, the Mexican Yellow Water Lily.
This one is also called fragrant water lily or Nymphaea odorata
This a tropical variety.
Photo: dj @ oxherder arts
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