Colorado Water Lily Nymphaea ‘Colorado’ - 1L Pot
The gorgeous Colorado water lily is both vibrant and elegant. Despite its delicate pinkish hue, it is a hardy little plant, more than capable of surviving harsh winters and renowned for its spectacular quantity of blooms. This lily spreads across an area of around 80cm - 1m when mature, making it perfect for medium to larger ponds. Its mesmerising flowers poke out from the surface of the water and deliver a pleasant scent. Plant ideally in the spring and in 15-1m of water in a spot where the flowers can enjoy at least 5 hours of sunshine a day.
- Foliage Colour: green and brown mottled
- Flower Colour: vibrant pink and cream, salmon pink
- Approx. Growth Height: 15-76cm
- Max. spread: 80cm - 1m
- Flowering Time: June - October
- Uses: zone 3 of a pond, lakes, ditches
- Exposure: exposed
- Habit: spreading, clump forming, floating
- Hardiness: hardy
- Rate of Growth: rapid
- Suitable for medium and large ponds
- Light Requirements: full sun
- Moisture: moist
- Optimum Planting Depth: 15-76cm water from pot to surface
- Ideal Planting Container: 5L container
Water lilies prefer still water but can withstand a mild flow, such as a slow moving river, however they should not be planted too close to waterfalls and fountains. Planting aquatic plants and lilies is not difficult. Lilies should be planted in special mesh baskets with a minimum capacity of 5L. Using mesh baskets for aquatic plants also helps to control the growth of the plant as they spread rapidly through a number of rhizomes, creating new colonies. The baskets should be filled with aquatic soil (sold separately) and topped with a thin layer of gravel to help prevent the soil from washing away. Young water lilies should be started in shallow water and lowered gradually over several weeks for the best planting results.
This plant is suitable for zone 4 of a pond.
Caring and Maintenance:
Water lilies are very low maintenance plants. Remove dead leaves and faded flowers before they start to rot to maintain the condition of water and reduce the algae growth. They are self-seeding plants which can be also be propagated by rhizome division. It is easy to keep the growth of the plant under control, as cuttings of wandering stems can be made at almost any time of the year.
The water lily grows in the deeper part of your pond and is undeniably the most spectacular natural water feature imaginable. Its beautiful flowers refine the look of the pond whilst its floating leaves create a good shelter for fish and other aquatic life. They are also valuable plants for reducing algae growth.
Please Note: the plants will arrive ready to be placed directly in the pond.