Water lilies are one of the nature’s wonders. All they need to thrive is water and sunlight. There are two types of water lily; hardy and tropical. When true water lilies bloom, flower sits right on top of the water until the color of tropical water lily’s stem that rises above the water.
Hardy water lilies can withstand quite severe frosts if they were planted about 35 cm or more below the surface. The number of blooms they have is directly related to hours of sunlight the plant receives. They need at least half a day of sun to bloom successfully.
When planting water lilies, don’t plant directly into the bottom of the lake or pond, but into a wider and shallow dish. The benefits of this are many, you will be able to give the rhizome nutrients it needs without affecting the water quality of the lake. And you will also be able to lift and divide each without risking losing your favorite.
Water lilies will bloom from November to March in the southern states; longer in the north. You can get white, pink, apricot, lemon, yellow and even bright red flowers in water lilies, so there should be something to suit every taste.
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