GROW­ING TIPS

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Water Bloomers -

There are about 35 species of wa­terlily, from minia­tures to large types, and there are va­ri­eties for all cli­mate zones. Here is what they need for max­i­mum flower yield. These guide­lines ap­ply to Nelumbo nu­cifera,

the sa­cred lo­tus, too.

• Po­si­tion in full sun. They like a min­i­mum of six hours a day, but early morn­ing or late af­ter­noon shade is OK.

• Plant into pots of nutri­ent-rich me­dia, such as well-rot­ted cow ma­nure and gar­den soil. Don’t use pot­ting mix.

• Feed every spring with a slow-re­lease gran­u­lar fer­tiliser – never feed in win­ter.

• Pot again every 1–2 years in spring. Trim wa­terlily roots but don’t dis­turb lo­tus roots.

STEP 1

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STEP STEP 3 3

STEP 4

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