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Curious about hardy water lilies? Looking to add a touch of elegance to your pond? Explore the world of Australian hardy water lilies and be amazed by their stunning blooms.
This guide will introduce you to these stunning aquatic plants available for sale and provide tips on how to successfully grow them in your pond or water feature.
Hardy water lilies, also known as winter-hardy water lilies, are a type of aquatic plant that can survive in colder climates. Unlike tropical water lilies, which require warm temperatures to thrive, hardy water lilies are able to withstand freezing temperatures and can even survive in ice-covered ponds during the winter months. These plants are known for their vibrant and fragrant flowers, which come in a variety of colors including white, pink, yellow, and red. Hardy water lilies are a popular choice for pond owners looking to add beauty and color to their water features.
Our Range of hardy water lilies are grown in NSW, Australia. They are sold as corms as this provides the best way of establishing new plants in your pond. Make sure you purchase your water lily growing basket. The rhizomes can be planted into these baskets and submerged in your pond or can float using our unique pond plant floating rings!
When it comes to growing hardy water lilies, choosing the right location is crucial. These plants thrive in full sun, so it's important to select a spot in your pond or water feature that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight each day. Avoid placing your water lilies in areas that are shaded by trees or other structures, as this can inhibit their growth and flowering. Additionally, make sure the water depth is appropriate for the specific variety of water lily you choose. Most hardy water lilies prefer water depths between 30 - 60cm, but be sure to check the specific requirements for the variety you have. By selecting the right location for your water lilies, you can ensure they have the best chance of thriving and adding beauty to your pond or water feature.
Planting and caring for hardy water lilies is relatively simple, but there are a few key steps to ensure their success. Start by selecting a container or planting basket that is large enough to accommodate the size of the water lily's root system. Fill the container with a mixture of aquatic soil and gravel, creating a firm base for the plant. Gently place the water lily's rhizome (the thick, horizontal stem) on top of the soil, making sure the growing tip is facing upward. All our water lilies are sold as a rhizome. Cover the rhizome with additional soil, leaving the growing tip exposed. Finally, carefully lower the container into the water, ensuring that the water lily is submerged to the appropriate depth for its variety. Throughout the growing season, it's important to regularly fertilize your water lilies to promote healthy growth and abundant flowering. Use a slow-release aquatic fertilizer specifically formulated for water lilies, following the instructions on the packaging. Additionally, remove any dead or dying leaves or flowers to maintain the overall health and appearance of the plant. With proper planting and care, your hardy water lilies will thrive and provide a stunning focal point in your pond or water feature.
Maintaining water quality is crucial for the health and growth of your hardy water lilies. Here are some tips to help you keep your pond or water feature in optimal condition. First, regularly test the water for pH levels, ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate levels. These parameters should be within the appropriate range for aquatic plants and fish. If any levels are off, take the necessary steps to correct them, such as adding a pH adjuster or performing a water change. Second, ensure proper filtration and circulation in your pond or water feature. A good filtration system will help remove debris and excess nutrients from the water, preventing algae growth and maintaining water clarity. Consider using a combination of mechanical, biological, and UV filtration for the best results. Third, control the amount of sunlight reaching your pond or water feature. Excessive sunlight can promote algae growth, so consider adding shade structures or using floating plants to provide some shade.
Finally, regularly remove any fallen leaves, twigs, or other debris from the water surface. Decomposing organic matter can release harmful substances into the water and disrupt the balance of the ecosystem. By following these tips, you can ensure that your water quality remains optimal for your hardy water lilies to thrive.
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