How many waterlilies will look balanced in your pond water area?
This is the number of waterlilies you should consider for your pond size based on the coverage of each type. It is not how far each waterlily will spread but allows for free water around each plant.
- Miniature waterlilies (Pygmaea Helvola, Pygmaea Rubra)
1 in an area of water 0.5mx0.5m (19"x19"approx)
- Dwarf waterlilies (Aurora, Perry's Baby Red, Paul Hariot, Xiafei)
1 in an area of water 1m square (39"x39")
- Medium waterlilies (Gloriosa Black Princess Marliacaea Albida
1 in an area of water 1.5m square (58"x58")
- Large waterlilies (Alba, Attraction, Gladstoniana, Marliacaea Carnea)
1 in an area of water 2m square (78"x78")
Remember that the depth of water is also vital to any waterlily and you need to follow the depth requirements of each waterlily type. Either Shelf depth or .
- A small surface area pond with a deeper base than 30cm (12") will not be suitable for a miniature waterlily unless you place it on bricks or a basket full of gravel.
- This is to raise it to the depth of water specified for 'above the top' of the basket.
- A large waterlily in a shallower pond will reach its optimum size quicker than expected as it will grow well in the warmer shallow water and will spread wider.
To start a new waterlily in your pond:
- Place it on a medium depth shelf for a year or so to allow it to get stronger.
- This gives your pond a good area of cover in the short term.
- When it is as wide as you need, drop it down to a deeper water depth in the Autumn.
- It will produce taller stems the next season that do not spread as wide across the surface.