WATER LILIES:

 

HARDY WATER LILIES:

 

Hardy water lilies are true perennials.  As long as their rhizomes do not freeze over winter, they will survive dormancy in the pond.  They over-winter best at a depth of 2ft or more.  If the pond is too shallow, they can be successfully over-wintered indoors in a cool, dark, frost-free place.

 

Typically, hardy lilies are reliable bloomers with cup or star-shaped flowers that float on the water.  Lily blooms usually appear by late spring, opening by mid-morning and closing by mid to late afternoon.  They come in a variety of shades including white, pink, yellow, red, and salmon/peach.  Petals may be stellate (star-like) or cup-shaped, and vary in number according to the variety.

 

Hardy water lilies require 8-10 hours full sun in order to bloom, however, a few varieties will bloom with less than five.  They require 12” of water over their crowns - they may be deeper, but should not be shallower. 

 

It is important to take note of a water lily’s potential to spread:

 

small:  3ft-4ft in diameter

medium:  5ft-7ft in diameter

large:  8ft or more in diameter

 

 Hardy water lilies must be fertilized each year at the start of spring with slow releasing fertilizer (see fertilizer page 34).

 

The table below describes our most popular hardy water lily varieties.  They are available in (2gal) pots for $38.99 (fertilized).  Please enquire about our many other varieties.

 

Name

Description

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Pink

Sensation

Smooth, rich pink.  20 petals.  Cup-shaped 5”-6” blooms rest on water.  10” green leaves open purplish.

4ft spread.  Blooms stay open until late afternoon.

Pink

Opal

Coral pink.  26 petals.  Cup-shaped 3”-4” blooms held high above the water.  9” green leaves open bronzy.

3ft spread. 

Hollandia

Frosty pink.  35-35 petals.  6”-7” stellate double petaled flowers.  10”-11” green leaves.

5ft-6ft spread.

Charles de

Meurville

Dark-crimson red with pink outer petals.  22 petals.  Stellate 6”-7” blooms rest on water.  8” leaves.

5ft-6ft spread.

Attraction

Deep garnet red; some flecking.  26 petals.  Stellate 6”-7” blooms rest on water.  10”-12” leaves open bronzy.

4ft-5ft spread.  Blooms with as little as 3hrs sun.

Black Princess

Dark red to almost black.  Stellate 6” blooms rest on water. 7”-8” green leaves.

4ft to 5ft spread.

Charlene

Strawn

Rich yellow with lighter outer petals.  27 petals.  Stellate 6”-8” blooms held high above water.  9” mottled leaves.

3ft-5ft spread.  Most fragrant hardy lily.

Chromatella

Creamy yellow.  22 petals.  Cup-shaped 4”-5” blooms rest on water.  6” leaves blotched with burgundy.

3ft spread.

Colonel AJ Welch

Lemon yellow.  Stellate 5”-6” blooms.  8”-9” speckled leaves.

4ft-5ft spread.

Abundant foliage.

Marliacea

Albida

White.  23 petals.  Cup-shaped 5”-6” blooms rest on water.  9” leaves open slightly bronzed.

3ft-4ft spread.  Abundant bloomer.

Odorata

White; outer petals pinkish.  24

petals.  Stellate 4” blooms rest on water.  6”-7” leaves.

5ft-6ft spread.

Virginalis

Pure white.  20-22 petals.  Stellate 5” blooms.  Dark green foliage with purple cast.

3ft-4ft.

Comanche

Yellow-apricot-gold-orange-red changeable.  22 petals.  Cup-shaped 5” blooms rest on water.  11” green leaves.

5ft-6ft spread.  Showiest of the changeables.

Georgia

Peach

Rich peach.  4”-6” stellate blooms are held high above the water.    6”-7” green and purple leaves.

4ft-5ft spread.

Colorado

Salmon-apricot.  Prolific bloomer.  Stellate blooms held high above water.  11” leaves.

6ft-7ft spread.

 

PLANTING HARDY WATER LILIES

 

Hardy water lilies are usually sold potted, and vary in age from two to three years.  Containerizing them keeps their invasive roots restrained.  For maximum growth and blooming, transplant lilies into a 15in tub at the start of their second season in a pond.

 

Mature hardy water lilies can produce up to two or three crowns every few years.  Divide them regularly between May and August.  Start new crowns in 2gal pots.

 

To plant a hardy lily, you will need a tub, fertilizer, aquatic soil mix, and a spade. 

 

1.            Fill the tub with an inch of soil and put the fertilizer sticks on top (prevents leeching into the water).

2.           Continue to fill the tub to about the half-way point.

3.           The rhizomes of most hardy lilies grow sideways, so position the rhizome at the edge of the tub, with the growing tip (crown) towards the center. 

4.           Backfill with soil, being careful not to get any on the lily’s crown (where the stems meet the roots).  Shake the tub to settle the soil and lily.

5.           Spread about an inch of pea gravel over the top to hold everything in place, and to prevent the soil from clouding the water.  The crown should still be visible.

 

It will take 3-4 weeks to see new growth.  It is completely normal for some of the outer leaves to turn yellow – simply remove them.

 

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