Dark blue Water Lily - 5 seeds

Dark blue Water Lily - 5 seeds

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One thing about water lilies that people often don’t know until they raise them is that water lilies are easy to grow. Very easy. They really only require one thing: water. Soil is useful too - many seem to like clay, like you would see in Russia and Siberia, Alaska, the American Midwest, Texas and many parts of Europe. Others like a little bit of sand. However, you can raise water lilies without soil - you can set them down in the water bar-rooted, or in special baskets. Water is the universal, however. It doesn’t have to be very clean water - lilies can tolerate very muddy water

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• They need an open, sunny situation to flower well.

• Use rainwater if possible. Allow tap water to settle for a few days, which gives the chlorine time to evaporate.

• Plant the rhizomes with growing points exposed in baskets lined with hessian. One to two rhizomes are enough as they will multiply rapidly.

• They are heavy feeders that like a rich, clayey soil mix with compost, old manure or bonemeal.

• Slow-release fertiliser tablets are a useful option as they are less likely to encourage algae growth.

• Miniature varieties can grow in water as shallow as 15cm; medium plants need 45cm to 60cm; really vigorous varieties need a depth of 1m.

• Repot every second year if possible to replace the soil mix and divide crowded plants.