How many waterlilies will look balanced in your pond water area?

Waterlily spread:

This is the number of waterlilies you should consider for your pond size based on the coverage of each type.

This does not indicate how far each waterlily will spread but allows for free water around each plant.

Water depth:

Remember that the depth of water is also vital to any waterlily and you need to follow the depth requirements of each waterlily type. Shelf depth Suitable for shelf depth 14-22cm (approx 6-9”) below water surface Suitable for shelf depth 23-44cm (approx 10-17”) below water surface or Suitable for shelf depth 45cm+ (approx 18”+) below water surface level .

  • A small area pond with a base deeper than 30cm (12″) will not be suitable for a miniature waterlily unless you place it on bricks or a basket full of gravel to raise it to the depth of water specified for ‘above the top’ of the basket.
  • A large waterlily in a shallow pond will reach its optimum size quicker than expected as it will grow well in the warmer shallow water and spread wider.

To start a new waterlily in your pond:

  • place it on a shallower shelf for a year or so allowing it to get stronger and give you a good cover in the short term 
  • when it is as wide as you need, drop it down to a deeper water depth in the Autumn and it will respond by producing taller stems next season that do not spread as wide across the surface.

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