Care Of Water Lilies: Growing Water Lilies And Water Lily Care


By: Jackie Carroll

Water lilies (Nymphaea spp.) are the perfect finishing touches for a garden pool or pond, adding practicality as well as beauty to a water feature. Fish use them as hiding places to escape predators, and as shady retreats from the hot summer sun. Plants growing in a pond help keep the water clean and aerated, so you’ll spend less time on pond maintenance. Let’s take a look at how to grow a water lily.

Water lily plants can be divided into two types:

  • Hardy – Hardy types are best for northern climates where the water freezes in winter. As long as the roots of hardy specimens are below the level where the water freezes, they will reappear the following spring.
  • Tropical – Tropical water lilies won’t survive in cold water and must be brought indoors for winter in all but the warmest areas. Many growers treat them as annuals, replanting them each year. Otherwise, remove them from the pond, clean them up, and store them in a bucket of moist sand in a cool basement before the first freeze. Tropical water lily plants can be further divided into two groups: day bloomers and night bloomers. White night bloomers look spectacular with nothing more than moonlight to illuminate them, but blues, purples, reds and pinks are very difficult to see in the dark. Avoid these colors unless the pond is illuminated by artificial light at night.

How to Grow a Water Lily

A pond or pool covered in water lilies is attractive, but complete coverage prevents light from penetrating into the water, choking out other plant and animal life. Growing water lilies in containers helps keep them from spreading and taking over a small pond and it makes water lily care much easier.

When you are growing water lilies, use a large plastic pot with several holes punched in the sides and bottom. Fill the pot to within 3 inches (7.6 cm.) of the top with silt, loam or clay soil and mix in a small amount of slow-release fertilizer labeled for use with aquatic soil.

Plant the rhizome close to one side of the pot at a 45-degree angle with the eye pointing up. Cover the soil with a layer of pea gravel, keeping the gravel away from the top of the rhizome as much as possible. The gravel keeps the soil from floating off or washing out of the pot.

Place the pot in the bottom of the pond, adjusting the depth to that recommended for your specific variety. Most call for a depth of between 6 and 18 inches (15 and 45.7 cm.) . If necessary, you can raise the depth by placing the pot on top of rocks.

NOTE: For those having fish in their water garden, water lilies should NOT be potted in regular potting soil, as this contains a lot of organic material that will eventually rot and foul the water. Remove any rotting organic material from your pond or water garden, as this is a breeding ground for anaerobic bacteria and pathogens and may add unwanted excess nutrients to feed algae blooms. Instead, pot water lilies, and any other pond plant, in a heavy clay soil and cover with fist sized rock, and then river rock to prevent fish from rooting around in the pot and sending the planting medium into the pond. A few simple preventative steps up front are far easier to take than trying to treat sick and dying fish later.

Water Lily Care

Once planted, taking care of water lilies is easy. In fact, most require no care at all, other than dividing them every three or four years to rejuvenate them and to keep them from spreading into unwanted areas.

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How to Grow Water Lilies Indoors

Almost any plant that grows outdoors can grow indoors, as long as you provide it with an environment that replicates the plant’s ideal growing conditions. This includes water garden plants, such as water lilies. Water lilies are divided into tropical and hardy water lilies. Tropical water lilies will not overwinter north of USDA zone 9, form root crowns, have thin, serrated edged lily pads and form flowers on stalks. Hardy water lilies will overwinter north of USDA zone 9, have rhizomes for roots, thicker, smooth-edged lily pads and floating blossoms. Growing an indoor water garden is similar in process to keeping an indoor aquarium.

Select a container that is adequately sized for your indoor space. A plastic pot will work well for a living room or office, while a rain barrel may be a better choice for a greenhouse or sunroom with less foot traffic and furniture.

  • Almost any plant that grows outdoors can grow indoors, as long as you provide it with an environment that replicates the plant’s ideal growing conditions.
  • A plastic pot will work well for a living room or office, while a rain barrel may be a better choice for a greenhouse or sunroom with less foot traffic and furniture.

Select hardy, dwarf-sized water lilies for growing indoors. Hardy lilies are adapted for water that is cooler than 70 degrees F. In some homes, the ambient air is kept at a constant rate of 68 degrees F. The water in your indoor container will be consistent with this temperature.

Fill the container with water until it is at a point several inches away from the top. Never fill the container to the brim. A container can overflow from displacement of water when you add water lily containers. Allow the water to sit for several days to disperse chlorine and other additives in the water.

Fill a small aquatic net basket halfway with a potting substrate, such as sand, perlite or aquatic potting soil. Place the rhizome of the lily into the soil at a 45-degree angle. Cover the basket with soil and 1 inch of sand. The growing tip of the rhizome should be above the soil line. Place the net basket in the bottom of the container.

  • Select hardy, dwarf-sized water lilies for growing indoors.
  • The growing tip of the rhizome should be above the soil line.

Position the container filled with water a few inches beneath a grow light. Water lilies require full sun outdoors. Indoors, they need strong light for 16 hours daily to bear flowers. Place the grow light on a timer and set the timer to automatically turn on and off.

Add a liquid fertilizer formulated for aquatic plants to promote more blooms from your lilies.

Choose a wide container if you plant to plant a variety of plants. Lilies will spread their pads over the surface of water and block light from penetrating beneath the surface in narrow containers.


How To Plant Water Lilies:

Start by lining your container with burlap, then add your clay or garden soil. Dampen the soil well and then press three to 5 fertilizer tablets into the soil.

Take your lily plant and trim off any dead leaves, make a hole in the clay and gently lay your roots in and then gently press the tubular into the soil at a 45 degree angle with the the crown (the top part of the tubular from which the stems grow) facing the center of the pot.

Make sure that the crown remains above the soil. Gently cover with gravel or small stones making sure that the gravel or stones are not too heavy over the crown.


Follow the fertilizer manufacturer’s direction for frequency and amount. Slow release fertilizers release nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium and minor elements based on moisture and temperature so you may need to fertilize slightly more often in hot climates. When there are fewer flowers and the leaves are smaller than usual it is time to fertilize.

If you are using fertilizer stakes or tabs push them into the soil about half way between the edge of the pot and the plant. Push them as far down as you can and push the dirt together again. If you are using slow release granular fertilizer it is best to lift the pot out of the water and make four holes distributed around the pot half way between the edge of the pot and the plant and as deep as possible. Add 1 tablespoon of fertilizer in each hole and close the hole again by squeezing the dirt together.

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3. July's Birth Flower is the Water Lily

Attention July birthdays: Water lily is your flower! (Along with larkspur.) It's no wonder that these bright blooms are linked to July, because they're mainly a summer flower. Water lilies bloom from May through September, putting July smack in the middle of prime water lily season. In frost-free regions, water lilies bloom year-round. But you have to be lucky to catch a water lily blooming each individual flower lasts for about four days before sinking under the water to rot. Water lilies' beauty is short-lived, but that makes it even more special.


Water Lilies for Every Garden

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Few can resist the magical quality of these starry summer flowers floating on a pool of sparkling water. Whether your chosen design plan requires formal elegance or has a wild, natural look, whether you have a large lake or small barrel pool to plant, you can be sure to find a water lily to suit your purpose.

When selecting a water lily (Nymphaea species), first assess the size and depth of your pond or water feature. Large species lilies, such as N. alba, spread up to 6 feet (1.8 m) across the surface and require a minimum water depth of 3 feet (1 m), while tiny types, including N.tetragona, are happy in tubs or small pools.

As well as producing exquisite flowers, the majority of water lilies are tough, functional plants. Their exotic-looking blooms belie their hardy nature—most will survive the harshest winter unscathed—while the platelike leaves inhibit the growth of algae. The exceptions are the exotic blue- and purple-flowered water lilies, which are not hardy and must be given winter protection.

For the best effects in large or medium-sized pools, ensure your water lilies are not crowded by too many other plants, or they will lose their impact. Plant a single lily in a raised pool for a sophisticated look in a formal garden. In an informal or wildlife garden design, build a pond with a pebble beach effect, and plant your water lilies in the deeper water at the other end.

Water lilies combine well with other aquatics, including irises, Pontederia cordata, and the arrow-shaped foliage of Sagittaria sagittifolia. For a patio display, plant a dwarf water lily in a glazed container or watertight tub, and pair it with one or two well-behaved marginal plants, such as the miniature reed, Typha minima, and the magenta blooms of Iris versicolor ‘Kermesina’.

Water lilies object to fast-moving water, so are not suitable for streams or areas close to waterfalls or fountains. They also prefer a sunny location to flower well and may not bloom in the shade. Plant them in aquatic baskets when they outgrow their allotted space, divide them and repot the smaller plants. In frost-prone areas, grow tender varieties in a sunroom.


How To Draw Water Lily Plant

Irene gs water lilies water lilies are green thin floating plants found mostly on the edges of ponds lakes and streams. This is why certain plants live in one area but not in another.

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The circle will become the bud of the lily and the line will become the stem.

How to draw water lily plant. Sketch a small circle then draw a long slightly curved line extending down from the 5-oclock position of the circle. Then extend a graceful curving line from the flowers center towards the tip of each petal. Like the paper towel that was used to clean the table the paper water lily absorbs the water.

It is very easy to draw. They are a part of the nymphaeaceae family. DIAMOND color pencil 2.

Signup for Free Weekly Drawing Tutorials Please enter your email address receive free weekly tutorial in your email. Waterlilies either grow from rhizomes or tubers that grow stolons depending on species according to the A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants Rhizomes are horizontal fleshy stems that grow on the soil surface or just below. How to Draw Water Lily Flower.

Step 4 Continue adding petals. Lily drawing - step 13. Adaptations are special features that allow a plant or animal to live in a particular habitat but make it difficult for them to live somewhere different.

Water lily family Nymphaeaceae any of 58 species in 6 genera of freshwater plants native to the temperate and tropical parts of the worldMost species of water lilies have rounded variously notched waxy-coated leaves on long stalks that contain many air spaces and float in quiet freshwater habitats. Pin On Lotus Flowers Water Lillies As you can see the drawing of a flower is a matter of studying the details deciding on the perspective and reproducing on paperhow to draw a flower. Dont overfeed the fish or have too many fish for the size of the pond.

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Make sure to sketch lightly with a pencil in the HB-2H range. Add some detail to the flowers petals. The roots hold the flowers.

Make connection to opening activity cleaning the water off the table. Water lilies - the importance of plantsby. Begin by drawing a small U shaped line at the flowers center just below the base of the anthers.

Have the other end of the rope placed in the vase or bucket filled with water and make sure there is extra slack on this end. You can also use a pencil to stuff each rope into the soil. Likewise the rims on the leaves of the lily protect it from becoming food for birds and insects.

Step 5 Add in the remaining petals. Step 2 Sketch in a few lines that will serve as guidelines later on when defining the water lilys stamen. The thorns also help support the leaves.

The Tree of Life Web Project explains that one of the adaptations of the water lily the thorns on the bottoms of the leaves helps to protect it from fish that might consider it a food source. This forms the detail of the petal vein. Origami album - by anool j mahidharia.

How to Draw Water Lily Plant. Learn how to draw a waterlily flower step by step in my drawing tutorial. A tuber is a swollen root or stem that stores starches and other plant products.

Jan 22 2021 - Explore Sharon Blankmans board water lily on Pinterest. Step 3 Start sketching in the petals from the inside out. Step 1 Start off with basic shapes to represent the flowers core.

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For example water lilies thrive in water but would wither and die on land. Push one end of the rope several inches under each of the plants soil then cover each rope with soil to make sure it stays. Because the paper is made up of the same substances as the tree it soaks up the water through the plant fibers located in the paper.

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