Q Why do the leaves on my wa­ter lilies yel­low so quickly?

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Gra­ham Newsam, Lit­tle Shelford, Cam­bridgeshire

AIt’s im­por­tant to ap­pre­ci­ate that wa­ter lilies pro­duce leaves in suc­ces­sion dur­ing the sum­mer that age and die. You need to re­move them, along with the spent flow­ers, ev­ery now and again. I’ve no­ticed at RHS Wis­ley that the wa­ter lilies in the canal in front of the main build­ing have yel­lowed rapidly this year and won­der if it’s any­thing to do with the hot weather in June. Other causes of leaves yel­low­ing pre­ma­turely in­clude where plants are too deep in the wa­ter. It’s es­sen­tial that the par­tic­u­lar va­ri­ety is matched to the depth of the wa­ter. It’s also im­por­tant to place bas­kets of newly-di­vided wa­ter lilies on bricks and grad­u­ally lower the con­tainer into the wa­ter in stages.

Hot weather in June may have caused wa­ter lilies to yel­low this year

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