Water lily: queen of aquatic plants

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The water lily is undoubtedly one of the prettiest aquatic plants. From white to pink, it adorns basins and ponds.

In summary, what you need to know:

Name : Nymphea x hybrida
Family : Nympaeaceae
Type : Aquatic plant, perennial

: 10 to 15 cm
Exposure : Sunny
Soil : Rich in humus, heavy

: Deciduous – Flowering : June to September

Easy to grow, a simple little water point allows you to grow the water lily.

Planting the water lily

Planting is done in the spring and naturally at the bottom of the basin: 15 cm of water is enough for most species, even if some will require a greater depth.

  • Put very clayey soil in a pot or tray, so that it stays in place at the bottom of the water and plant the water lilies there.
  • Place pebbles on the ground to prevent the ground from rising in the water.
  • There are special baskets for planting water lilies in garden centres, which allow the water to circulate and the soil not to drain into the pond.
  • There are also special potting soils for aquatic plants.
  • Once your basket is ready, immerse it at the bottom of the water, ideally in about 60 cm of water.

When buying your water lily, make sure it has its feet in the water and that the foot is vigorous, ideally with a few buds ready to bloom.

>> To go further: Plant water lilies well for maximum flowers

Water lily maintenance

Once it is well established, the water lily does not require any care and will bloom from year to year without you having to touch it.

  • If it becomes invasive , do not hesitate to tear off the rhizomes as you go.

Obviously, it is useless to water but it is necessary on the contrary to take care that there is always enough water in the basin (about 10 cm minimum)

Diseases and parasites of the water lily:

Apart from ducks and muskrats which sometimes feed on the rhizomes, we know of only a few diseases that could ravage it.

It is indeed a very rustic and robust plant whose stress is often the only factor that can trigger a reaction in the water lily.

To know about the water lily

The water lily is a plant native to Europe and America, simply sumptuous when in bloom.

She is beautiful and the fact that she grows in water gives her an extra dimension.

Aquatic plant with rhizome , it is perennial and can therefore settle permanently in your pond.

You can also grow the water lily in a pot, in a large basin or in an undrilled container, on a terrace or a balcony.

  • A single water lily alone covers about 1m2.
  • The water lily will settle alone in your pond with very little maintenance.

But the water lily is also a name that designates both species of the Nymphaea genus such as the white water lily ( Nymphaea alba) — than species of the genus Nuphar such as the yellow water lily ( Nuphar lutea), the dwarf water lily ( Nuphar pumila) or Spenner’s water lily ( Nuphar x spenneriana). Other species can complete the large “family” of water lilies, such as the giant Amazonian water lily , which is less common in our latitudes.

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