How to make my waterlilies flower?

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Growing tips to make waterlilies flower:

1. Waterlilies need sun to flower:

  • Waterlilies are very sun dependent so should be placed in as much sun as possible.

2. Water depth:

  • Each named variety has a depth requirement - some Pond waterlilies will grow well with 36" of water over the 3 litre basket, others will struggle with more than 24" of water over the top of the basket.
  • Double flowering Pond waterlilies such as Nymphaea Gonnere like to be nearer the surface than other waterlilies of a similar spread.
  • Dwarf and miniature lilies only need 6" of water over the top of the 1 litre basket they are supplied in.
  • The crown of the plant (at the top of the basket) needs to be below potential ice depth but need not go down to its final depth immediately.
  • In Summer the open, flat leaves supplied on the plant should be placed so they lay on the water surface.

3. Splashing water does not help a waterlily flower well:

  • Do not place waterlilies near splashing water such as a waterfall, fountain or pump outlet.
  • Constant splashing rots the leaves being splashed.
  • The plant replaces these leaves before making flower buds.

4. Fertiliser is essential to make waterlilies flower well:

  • The Pond waterlily needs nutrient so give a boost from aquatic fertilizer regularily.
  • Add  XL fertilizer balls to the basket of an established 3 litre plant in Spring and again in June to extend the flowering period.
  • Add one small fertilizer growth ball to a 1 litre basket of a Dwarf or Miniature waterlily in Spring and in June.

5. Repotting:

  • Pond waterlilies can become congested so need repotting to flower better.
  • A sure sign is if the leaf does not lie flat on the surface but stands upward out of the water.
  • See 'Repotting a waterlily'

Use of chemicals is a problem for waterlilies:

  • Chemicals have an inhibiting affect on the growth of pond plants and waterlilies even when they claim to be harmless.
  • In killing algae and blanketweed they are killing a form of plant life.
  • They may not kill the pond plants and waterlilies you are trying to grow but they will stunt their growth rate and alter their growth patterns.
  • Waterlilies and oxygenating plants will be worst affected by chemicals as their entire structure lives in/under the water.