Nymphaea 'Pygmaea Helvola'
- Position: full sun
- Depth of water: 15-30cm (6-12in)
- Rate of growth: average
- Ultimate spread: 40cm (16in)
- Height above surface: 0-10cm (0-4in)
- Flowering period: June to September
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Small, slightly fragrant, star-shaped, pale yellow flowers up to 7cm (3in) across from June to September. This award-winning pygmy water lily will happily grow in as little as 15cm (6in) of water and are perfect candidates for a small pond or tub in a sheltered sunny site. The shade cast by the foliage also helps check the spread of algae.
- Garden care: Water lilies flourish in still water, so do not plant them near a pond pump or fountain, particularly where the water can splash onto their leaves. All our waterlilies are approximately 2 - 3 years old and they are potted up (using a suitable aquatic compost) into 2-litre aquatic pots. These pots are made of a fine mesh, which allows water to circulate through the compost, providing the plants with both oxygen and nutrients. As they are already potted, all you need to do is to place the pot into a pond. Initially the pot should be placed on a stack of bricks so the leaves float on the surface of the water. As the plant matures, remove one layer of bricks at a time, gradually lowering the plant deeper into the pond until the desired depth has been reached.
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Q:I have a problem with snails in my pond which ate all the visible growth on the lily I purchased. I subsequently stood the pot in a much larger aquatic pot and the plant has now produced a number of new leaves. Do you have any tips for how to deal with the problem of snails in this situation. I fear that if I remove the outer basket the same thing will recur.Asked on 2/9/2014 by gardenholic from devon
I believe there are a number of snail traps on the market that are suitable for ponds, however we do not have them on our site. You could also help eliminate them by dropping a lettuce leaf in the pond. After several hours (or a day or two), you will be able to find lots of snails nibbling on it, so they will be easy to remove by hand.Answered on 4/9/2014 by helen from crocus
Q:Water Lily care
Hi, I bought a miniature Water Lily for my husband for Christmas which I have received and am very happy with it. I would just like to ask, how do I look after it until Christmas day? Thank you TriciaAsked on 7/12/2009 by Tricia Black
A:Hello Tricia, You should remove all the packaging and leave it in a large tub or bucket of water in a sheltered spot in the garden until the big day. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 8/12/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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