Tips on Growing Water Lilies
Water lilies add a certain visual appeal to your pond, while being beneficial in terms of sustaining little eco-system. Today we are going to explore water lily growing tips!
Cultivating Water Lilies
The beauty of water lilies is enchanting, as they rise from beneath the murky waters of ponds and float on top, offering beautiful blooms for observance. They have been a pond decor for many centuries, and used to be on display at the most grand palaces. They are beneficial for the eco-system of the pond, as they help the water inhabitants find shelter and also filter the water. However, they are not as gentle as they appear.
A good choice to start with is Nymphaea ‘Hollandia’, also known as Hardy Water Lily. This type of lily is easy for planting and maintenance. They bloom during the day, opening their flowers early in the morning and closing them by sunset. During winter times they are dormant and need special care.
In order to grow lilies you need to have a tuber, a container, some hardy soil. If the container has holes on the bottom it is essential to cover the surface of the container with burlap before adding any soil. This is done in order to preserve the pond water from clouding. Also use the aquatic fertilizers for water plants.
Now it is time to plant the water lily tuber. It is important to place the tuber to the side of the pot, with the growing tip pointing upward. Now, cover the soil with rock gravel, in order to keep the soil from floating. Once the lilies are planted, it is time to put the container into the pond at an angle, to let the air escape. The container should be about 18 inches deep, so it would be on the bottom of the pond. However, if the pond is more than 18 inches deep, additional support will be needed.
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