Nymphaea 'Pygmaea Rubra'
- Position: full sun
- Depth of water: 10-30cm (4-12in)
- Rate of growth: average
- Ultimate spread: 30cm (12in)
- Height above surface: 0-10cm (0-4in)
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Small, star-shaped flowers that open pink and age to warm red appear from June to September. This lovely pygmy water lily will happily grow in a shallow pond or half barrel as it only spreads to about 30cm wide. This award-winning pygmy water lily will happily grow in as little as 15cm (6in) or water and is a perfect candidate for a small pond or tub in a sheltered sunny site. The shade cast by the foliage also helps to 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: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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