How to grow tropical waterlilies at home

How to grow tropical waterlilies at home

SYNONYMOUS with romance, fairytales and hope, the waterlily is swimming in charisma.

These sun-loving beauties, blooming in an array of colours including pink, yellow and purple, make a great addition to the backyard pond this time of year.

Woodvale Fish & Lily Farm has more than 50 varieties and now until March is the perfect time to view them.

Calinda from the farm shares her tips for growing the two main types: hardy and tropical.

She suggests including both varieties in your pond for a longer season of growth.

Hardy waterlily:

They grow in Perth from August, flowering throughout spring and summer, and go into dormancy in April/May.

– Position at the base of your pond with water depths of 30cm up to 1m

– Give it at least four hours of direct morning sun. Shaded positions will result in poor flowering

– Regularly fertilise – every two months over the growing season

– Divide and re-pot every two years

– Avoid using algae killing/cleaning chemicals

Tropical waterlily:

They grow in Perth in November/December through to July when they go into dormancy.

They stand high above the water level and have a delicious perfume.

The flower, stems and leaves are edible.

More than 20 tropical varieties are on display at the farm, including the Night Flowering tropicals.

– Position at the base of your pond with water depths of 30cm up to 1m

– At least six hours of direct morning sun. Shaded positions will result in poor flowering

– Regularly fertilise – every two months over the growing season

– Add plenty of slow-release fertiliser pellets for maximum speedy growth, large leaves and consistent flowering– Avoid using algae killing/cleaning chemicals