Red Water Lily
Nymphaea alba Red, Red Water Lily
These plants are not imported from Holland! If you buy Dutch Lilies, you know that most frequently nothing grows from them. The plants we offer are very well developed and sometimes even have flowers. They are well rooted in the pots and will not die for sure. Imported plants are usually cheaper, but most of them are only a small piece of root and have little chance of survival.
Since we propagate the Water Lilies by splitting the rhizomes of the large plants in our nursery pond, the quantity we produce is very limited, usually between 50 and 100 plants per year, from all colors.
Water Lily blooms continuously from early May until the end of September, and in recent years - till the end of October.
The Water Lily is an easy plant . Does not require clean water or circulation. On the contrary, it is best developed in marshy conditions and lack of circulation. The depth of the pond is best to be over a meter to the bottom, so the bottom will not freeze in winter.
It is recommended that the Water Lily is planted in the sand on the bottom . If left in a pot, it develops far less and fewer blooms. Planted on the bottom, the Water Lily grows vigorously and blooms continuously from early May to late September. It is better to add some colorful Japanese Koi Carps for the natural cycle in the water (so-called Nitrogen cycle).
If the pool is small and there are no conditions for growing Koi Carps, several common bream (a type of carp fish) will do a perfect job. They are extremely resistant fishes and are sold live at any fishing store as bait for pennies .
In winter the Water Lily requires no care, as long as the pond has enough depth.
USDA zone:-28°C (zone 5a)
Sun exposure:Sun only
Soil pH+:slightly acid (pH 5,5-6,5)
In Open Ground:No protection