Order Water lilies - miniature, dwarf & larger pond waterlilies
Tiny miniature and dwarf Water lilies are ready potted in 11cm baskets and suitable for shelf . A pond waterlily is ready rooted in a 20cm basket in aquatic compost to be placed immediately into your pond on deeper shelf or to give surface cover over deeper water.
All Water lilies want:
deeper water than a shelf pond plant
a still pond in sunshine
positioning away from constantly splashing water such as a fountain or waterfall
a feed ball pushing into the soil surrounding the rhizome when the leaves are growing to the surface. Use smallfeed balls from the (feed ball pack) in 11cm baskets
a second feed ball pushing into the compost around July to help continued flowering. Use XL feed balls in 20cm baskets.
to go dormant in Winter without leaf growth on the surface of the deeper water
Hardy water lilies (like ours) are long lived aquatic plants and will survive the winter provided the rhizome does not freeze
Lowering a deep water plant into the pond:
If the waterlily or Water Hawthorn you receive has leaf growth that has reached the surface of our pond in the Nursery (ie the leaf is no longer furled but lying flat) then place it so that the flat leaf is on the water surface in your pond.
If necessary, stand the basket on another basket filled with gravel.
Submerging the top surface of the leaf below water level by more than a couple of inches at once will result in the leaf rotting away as it cannot 'breathe'.
If the leaf is furled (rolled up) it can be placed at any depth as it is still traveling.
The plant can be lowered deeper under the water later. Do not rush to take the plant all the way to its specified depth in the first year.
Wait until Autumn and lower the basket then if the waterlily or Water Hawthorn grew strongly that year.
The waterlily crown will see more sunshine if it is not too deep when young and you will have a stronger plant that will flower better.
Waterlilies provide much needed shade to the deeper water areas:
They keep the pond temperature constant and algae growth low whilst providing colourful waterlily flowers on the pond surface.
Each waterlily bloom will last for a few days and should be removed if possible before it rots and releases exess nutrients into the pond.
You should cover 70% of the water surface area with waterlily leaf growth in the height of summer.
Other deep water surface plants -Aponogeton distachyos (Water Hawthorn) also for shelf .This sends leaf stalks up to the water surface in February to give leaf cover and flower across the pond surface from February until May.