Water Lily Seeds
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 plants can be divided into two types:
– 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 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
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 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
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. If necessary, you can raise the depth by placing the
pot on top of rocks.
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 keep them from spreading into unwanted areas.
All seeds will come in a
resalable plastic zip lock bag wrapped in a protectant so the seeds are not
damaged by shipping machines. Also included with the seeds are planting
instructions. All seed packets contain
no fillers or other weeds or seeds mixed in. Most have been harvested by hand
& all test at a high germination rate.
All seed counts should be considered estimates as the
seeds is packaged by hand, there is 2-3 more or less in a bag. We do our
best to ensure accuracy and will often add extra seeds. However, all estimates
Seeds will ship without tracking
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All seeds have been
test sown to ensure germination. Please familiarize yourself with growing
conditions and instructions for your seeds before you plant them, as all seeds
are different. Basic growing instructions can be found under each listing.
We Cannot Guarantee
how much you will be able to grow, as too many variables come into play,
soil condition, your ability to garden, weather etc. I guarantee that they
arrive as described and are in good viable condition and the germination rates