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Waterlily Information

Waterlilies are separated into categories tropical and hardy.

They are both easily planted but should be known we advise 12" or wider containers for proper growth and blooming and a heavy loam soil. (not aquatic planting media / not cat litter / not gravel) Waterlilies are heavy feeders and multiple fertilizer tablets are needed each month during the growing season or a granular slow release applied at the beginning of the year to the soil (Landon 7803 fertilizer OR Osmocote slow release granular, available at Home Depot/ Lowes/ Walmart).

A hardy Waterlily (perennials) is a rhizome based root system. A horizontal growing stick with leaves and buds growing out of a single point on the rhizome. You need that growing tip out above the soil so sunlight hits it and that part will continue growing in the direction of that point. Therefore we will butt the non growing and against one side of the pot so the growing tip will grow toward the opposite side. We plant at a 45 to 60 degree angle and try and plant the rhizomes 3-5 inches long. You can cut off as much of the old rhizome as you want with a clean knife.

We use 1/2 inch of play sand on top our soil so no other plant roots itself into the waterlily soil. If you have large koi (14 inches or larger) who uproot lilies try a small layer of washed lava rocks but do not cover the crown. Lava rock will prevent the koi from uprooting the lilies as it is not pleasant on their mouths.

Tropical Waterlilies have a fleshy growing root system that evolves after the plant begins as a small tuber. This is vertical unlike the hardy lilies. Tropical lilies can be planted in more narrow container as they grow up and down. In the south in large blooming seasons they can be planted in 5 to 20 gallon containers for larger growth. In the north a 2 to 5 gallon container is sufficient. Tropical lilies love fertilizer even more then hardy lilies. Be sure to see out multiple waterlily help and instruction videos.