3 Thoughts On Lily Pad Flowers
When it comes to gardening, perhaps you are nothing but completely dedicated to the project.
You are serious when it comes to spending most of your waking day planting, cultivating, and otherwise harvesting all sorts of plants, flowers, and crops, and you would not miss a day without doing so. Really, your passion knows no boundaries, and that is why you have such a beautiful garden to boot.
That said, perhaps you have already planted plenty of plants and flowers in the soil, and now you are interested in trying your hand at growing lily pad flowers. Not only are they pretty, but also they prove to be a challenging, but fun endeavor for you to try out, considering that they are to be grown in the water, rather than on land.
While you might be lost as to how to get started growing lily pad flowers, there is no need to be afraid. After all, we are here to help!
Read on to learn more in this article on knowing just what lily pad flowers are, as well as getting the best tips and tricks to get you started growing them. Soon enough, you will have a beautiful pond filled with lily pad flowers to call your own.
Without further ado, let’s get started!
I. What are lily pad flowers?
Also known as “Nymphaeaceae” or “water lilies,” lily pad flowers are a distinctive type of flowering plants which live in the aquatic atmosphere.
They are rooted firmly underwater, but their leaves and flowers floating at the top and thereby giving them a delicate, pretty appearance that makes them all the more attractive to those who choose to walk by, whether family members, friends, or loved ones.
II. Are there different types of lily pad flowers? If so, What Are They?
There are actually three different species of lily pad flowers out there. Below, we list just a few:
a. Hardy lilies
These particular type of water lilies are actually a hybrid species from one of the types Castalia. They are usually planted 12 to 24 inches deep underwater, and they require around 6 hours of sunlight to grow.
They usually open in the morning hours while closing by the afternoon. They are usually classified as “zone 3,” meaning that they can survive harsh, cold winters without much problem.
b. Night-blooming tropical lilies
As the name suggests, night-blooming water lilies open up during the evening, which is especially a pleasure for individuals who tend to return home in the evening after a long day shift at work.
They will be sure to brighten your day (or rather, evening) by their beautiful, elegant petals and leaves- a wonderful sight to see!
c. Day-blooming tropical lilies
On the other hand, day-blooming tropical lilies usually open their petals around mid-day, before they close them around 2 or 3 in the afternoon.
While short-lived, they are nevertheless a pretty sight to behold, especially if you want to impress guests and loved ones whenever they come to visit your house and see your backyard garden.
III. How do you grow lily pad flowers?
While you might believe that it is difficult to grow lily pad flowers, it is actually not that hard to do so. We give you a brief, how-to list down below to get you started:
1. Prepare a wide, shallow pot
As a rule of thumb, try to find a pot or container which measures no more than 10 inches deep. This is to ensure that the water lily tuber has a solid basis to grow. It is also a good idea to place a burlap cloth to keep the soil in the container, as means of fertilizing it well.
2. Plant the lily pad tuber
After you have added heavy soil to the container, trim and plant the lily pad tuber at a 45-degree angle to make sure that it can grow efficiently over time.
It is also encouraged to layer the top of the container with rock gravel as means of keeping the soil intact once it is placed into water, so that the nutrients will remain and allow the lily pad tuber to cultivate and grow.
3. Submerge the pot into the pond
Finally, it is time to place the lily pad tuber into water to get it growing. However, submerge it at an angle to let air escape. Lower the pot or container up to 18 inches deep, and let the leaves float to the surface for them to start growing.
Elegant and classy, lily pad flowers are a beautiful sight to see in the garden. Knowing more about it, as well as knowing how to cultivate them, will surely yield some excellent results and make you proud to call yourself a gardener. Why not give it a try today?