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HARDY AND TROPICAL LILIES
HARDY AND TROPICAL
LILIES
All Lilies are Shipped Bare Root per USDA Regulations
They are wrapped in wet newspaper to keep the roots from drying out.
Upon arrival, place them in water out of direct sunlight. Pot them a day or two later.

 
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HARDY LILIES
Will Grow Well in All Climates
TROPICAL LILIES
Cannot Survive a Hard Frost*
Gloriosa
RED
Virginalis
WHITE
Inner Light
YELLOW
Peaches and Cream
PEACH/ORANGE
Perry's Fire Opal
PINK
Aurora
CHANGEABLE

Hardy Water Lilies (Nymphaea) - The hardy water lily with its profuse and extravagant blossoms is a winter hardy or perennial plant available from us starting in March and continuing through September. Lilies come in a variety of colors and sizes and once established bloom continuously all summer. Hardy Lilies can easily be distinguished from their tropical counterparts in that the leaves are smooth around the edges. Performing many functions in the water garden along with their exquisiteness includes providing shade, utilizing water-born nutrients and insulating the water from extreme day/night temperature fluctuations. Hardy water Lilies grow best in a generous amount of heavy garden soil avoiding too much organic matter unless it has been well composted. Even the heaviest clay soils will work fine with the addition of a little sand and fertilizer. Depth should be maintained between 6 and 18 when first transplanted and then once established can be grown from 12 to 30 depending on the variety.
 

Blue Beauty
BLUE
Islamorada
PURPLE
Red Flare
NIGHT BLOOMING
OTHER COLORS
OTHER COLORS

Tropical Water Lilies (Nymphaea) -  A tropical lily can be the centerpiece for the water garden. They hold their fragrant blossoms high out of the water and can have several blooms at a time. The flowers stay open later in the day than the hardy Lilies and they also bloom later into the season. Tropical Lilies can easily be distinguished from their hardy Lilies in that the leaves are serrated or jagged. Tropical Lilies come in day blooming and night blooming varieties. The day blooming varieties open several hours after sunrise and stay open until several hours before sunset and some are viviparous (growing plantlets on their leaves) which indicates they are more cold tolerant. The night blooming varieties will open an hour or two before sunset and stay open as late as noon on a cloudy day. Tropical water Lilies grow best in a generous amount of heavy garden soil. Even the heaviest clay soils will work fine with the addition of a little sand and fertilizer. Depth should be maintained between 6" and 18" when first transplanted and then once established can be grown from 12" to 30" depending on the variety.

*Note: Tropical lilies can be raised in any climate as long as you remove them from the water when the weather starts to cool off long before the first frost. Move them into a greenhouse or use hydroponic lamps to winter them over. Place back in your pond once the water temperature gets back up to 65-70 degrees.

 

PLANTING WATER LILIES - Place the tuber at a 45 degree angle, with the non-growing end against the side of the pot and the growing end in the center. Press the soil around the roots being careful not to cover the crown of the plant. Add a layer of gravel over the soil, again being careful not to cover the crown, to prevent koi from rooting them up. Koi by nature are constantly nosing around and are curious. We like to use gravel that is a least " in diameter to discourage koi. Start them in shallow water and move them deeper as they grow. Lilies are heavy feeders and should be fertilized once a month after planting. Be careful that the fertilizer is not touching the roots as this will burn them.

 
 


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