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.
This does not indicate 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, candida, Laydekeri Fulgens, Perry's Baby Red, Paul Hariot)
1 in an area of water 1m square (39"x39")
- Medium waterlilies (Gloriosa, Gonnere, Marliacaea Albida)
1 in an area of water 1.5m square (58"x58")
- Large waterlilies (Alba, Attraction, Darwin, 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. 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 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 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.