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Water lily recommendations?

Posted by jerseytom z6 Central NJ (My Page) on
Sat, Oct 10, 09 at 10:35

Can anyone recommend hardy water lily varieties that have LOTS of leaves? I'm looking for water lilies that will create a dense mound of leaves that will thickly cover the surface of the water (lots of pretty flowers would be nice too!) I have one like it in my pond now, but I don't know the name (has white blooms, very pretty). Most of my other hardy water lilies have sparse, widely separated leaves that float without touching one another, leaving much open water. So, any recommendations for "dense-leaved" water lilies? Thanks in advance!

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RE: Water lily recommendations?

My Sulphurea (cheapee from Menard's as I recall) really put out a bunch of leaves actually holding some above the water they were so thick. yellow flowers were nice.
My Colorado made good pad cover on that end of the pond but went absolutely wild with bloom...must have been at least 3-4 dozen over the course of the often held aloft.

RE: Water lily recommendations?

Thanks! Just what I'm looking for. I will be sure to try those varieties next year!

RE: Water lily recommendations?

Colorado and Texas Dawn have lots of leaves.

RE: Water lily recommendations?

Frequent repotting will make them grow less pads and have a more open center. A full center with humped up growth that sticks out of the water is normally a big sign to repot. If you don't repot, many if not most will do this.

Colorado is a very vigorous peach waterlily that blooms like crazy.

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