Waterlilies come in many different shapes and sizes, some are native and
some are exotic. They may be grown in dams and ponds, or even in containers
and there are varieties which will grow in almost any part of Australia.
- Waterlilies dislike moving water or splashing produced by fountains or
are only suitable for growing in still water situations.
- The pond or container should have at least 5 hours of sunlight per
day during the growing season for the plant to flower.
- Waterlilies should be grown at a depth of about 40 to 50cm below the
surface of the water. If planted too deep the flowers may not be
able to reach the surface and if they do, may be quite small. If
the water over the plant is too shallow then the waterlily will produce
lots of leaves and few, if any, flowers.
become dormant during winter.
- Tubers are planted into
containers using a mix of 1 part composted cow manure to 2 parts of loam
or potting mix. The container should have a layer
of gravel or pebbles on the top to stop the soil mix from washing out when
it is submerged.
- Waterlilies in containers should
be lifted and divided every 3 to 4 years to avoid overcrowding. Repot
into fresh mix when plants are divided.