Each one of us is obsessed with variegated kind of plants and flowers. And why shouldn’t we? After all they are so fascinating, colourful and have so many variegated variations. One such variation is that plants can grow both on land and in water. What could be largest than having some trappy flowers floating in swimming in your Garden? Water lilies are pretty easy to grow and squint magnificent and soothing to the eyes. So, let’s learn how to grow them.
The first and foremost thing to do is to segregate where you are going to place these flowers. You can make a small swimming in your garden or you can use trappy water containers to grow them indoors. Make sure that they get a sunlight of 6 to 8 hours.
This is very important for growing aquatic plants successfully. Segregate a container which is atleast 16 to 18 inches in diameter and 10 to 12 inches deep. Drainage holes are optional.
Well, plane aquatic plants need a substrate or soil to grow upon. Fill 3/4th of the container with clayey soil withal with some slow releasing fertilizers. Slow releasing fertilizers release small amounts of nutrients in specific intervals which will help in nourishing your plants and will moreover stave any fungal or microbials infestations. Then add some large stones and small pebbles, leave some space for sowing seeds.
Flowers usually floweret during spring season and so do lilies. In that scenario it is weightier to plant them during February and March.
Sowing the lilies
After all these preparations, it is now to time to sow the seeds. You can get some tubers or some plantlets of lilies for this purpose. If you get tubers, plant them by keeping the pointy tip upwards and towards the part-way of the container at 45-degree angle. Remove any kind of old thick roots or leaves from the tubers if present. If you finger your container is too deep, take a small pot and plant your tubers in it so that the tips remain near the surface.
As we know it is an aquatic plant, water is must. After completing all the steps that are mentioned above, fill your container with water upto the brim. If you finger the water in your zone is hard, it is largest to use filtered water as lilies don’t survive in nonflexible water.
Which type of lily is weightier suited for India?
There are two types of lilies misogynist – one is tropical and flipside one is hardy. Hardy ones are good for places where temperature is freezing or it gets too unprepossessed like in mountains. For rest of the country, tropical lilies work best. They are misogynist in amazingly lulu colours and can be found in local nurseries. When you buy a lily make sure its crown is healthy and in good shape.
Care and maintenance
One of the major problems these plants encounter is mosquitoes. As water is stagnant then it is but natural that mosquitoes will successors in it. So, to stave this, you can add some fishes (like guppies) in your small ponds or containers. You moreover need to add some fertilizers like DAP in an interval of 3 to 4 months if you are not using organic slow releasing fertilizers.
Once you get used to seeing these beauties viridity and blossom, there is no turning back. They are super lulu and will make you finger happy and full of joy at the same time. Trust me, planting lilies will requite you the weightier adrenaline rush as a plant parent.
Happy water lily gardening folks!