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Water lily: queen of aquatic plants


The water lily is arguably one of the prettiest aquatic plants.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Nymphea x hybrida
Family : Nympaeaceae
Type : Aquatic plant, perennial

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

Foliage
: Expired -Flowering : June to September

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

Planting the water lily

Planting takes place in spring and naturally at the bottom of the basin: 15 cm of water is sufficient for most species, although some will require a greater depth.

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

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

Water lily maintenance

Once it is properly installed, the water lily does not claim no care and will bloom from year to year without you having to touch it.

  • If he becomes intrusive, feel free to pull out the rhizomes As things progress.

Obviously, it is not necessary to water, but on the contrary, care must be taken to ensure that there is always enough water in the basin (about 10 cm minimum)

Water lily diseases and parasites:

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

It is indeed a very rustic and robust 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 at rhizome, she 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 a non-pierced container, on a terrace or balcony.

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

But the nenuphar is also a name which designates both species of the genus Nymphaea as the white water lily (Nymphaea alba ) - only species of the genus Nuphar as theyellow water lily (Nuphar lutea ), the dwarf water lily (Nuphar pumila ) or the spenner's water lily (Nuphar x spenneriana ). Other species can complement the large "family" of water lilies such as giant Amazon water lily, less common in our latitudes.

Tip about the water lily

You can surround the pot or the tub that you immerse in the water with a garden felt to keep the soil at the bottom!


Photo credit: Fotolia

Video: Waterlily Viviparous, Peach Blow, pink water garden water lily pond plant (October 2020).