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May 18, 2013

Pond Water Lilies: Varieties And Care

The water lilies are aquatic plants that are characterized by their delicate appearance, the beauty of its large flowers and ease of cultivation. Another distinctive feature of these examples is the large number of species and varieties that presents (about 1700), of which at least seventy are the most used and recommended for growing in garden ponds.

Pond Water Lilies Varieties And Care

The first thing to clarify is that the term lily is used to cover the plants from at least three different families, although the most recognized them by that name is that of the Nymphaeaceae, which are the most used in gardening.

The lilies most recommended for cultivation in ponds are:

White water lily or Nymphaea alba: Also known as white lotus, or water lily white nymph, is one of the most popular species and is characterized by heart-shaped leaves and rounded, and because its white flowers with many stamens can reach a size large (up to 30cm).

Mexican or Mexican Nymphaea Water Lily: It has flowers of a strong yellow color and small leaves with different shades of green and tiny spots.

Pond Water Lilies Varieties And Care

Nymphaea Blue Beauty is a commercial tropical hybrid with huge, fragrant starry flowers of a dark blue petals and sepals pale blue. This plant is very sensitive to low temperatures.

Nymphaea Escarboucle: This lily is very resistant to frost and can reach a maximum height of 10 cm. Its foliage is green during most of the year and cups shaped flowers semi-double orange and red colors look dark in the summer.
Pond Water Lilies Varieties And Care

Nymphaea Pygmaea helvola:  It is a lily model with dark green rounded leaves with purple veins and flowers cup-shaped fragrant yellow and sulfur than 5 centimeters in diameter, with orange stamens. Although it has some resistance to cold, protection is recommended during winter.

Pond Water Lilies Varieties And Care

Other commercial species of water lilies that stand up well to the onslaught of frost are the James Brydon, Rose Arey, Sunrise, Pygmaea Rubra, Ambilis, Lucida, etc..

 Cultivation and Care

The lilies grow easily in calm water and full sun, but often require more care than other aquatic plants. It is advisable to grow water lilies in pots with small holes all over its surface and fertilized soil without elements that float easily and can get dirty pond water once the emplace in the water.

When placed in the pond, care must be taken not to damage the delicate roots because it can kill the plant.

Another thing to consider is that during the growing season should be fed every certain period of time with a fertilizer water, because the water lilies require large amounts of nutrients for their development.

To further stimulate blooms while avoiding contamination of the pond (which can be fatal to these plants), it is advisable to remove the dead flowers or are deteriorating, and prune the yellow leaves regularly.