Get some colour with charisma

Joondalup Times - - GARDENING -

SYN­ONY­MOUS with ro­mance, fairy­tales and hope, the wa­terlily is swim­ming in charisma.

These sun-lov­ing beau­ties, bloom­ing in an ar­ray of colours in­clud­ing pink, yel­low and pur­ple, make a great ad­di­tion to the back­yard pond this time of year. Wood­vale Fish & Lily Farm has more than 50 va­ri­eties and now un­til March is the per­fect time to view them.

Calinda from the farm shares her tips for grow­ing the two main types: hardy and trop­i­cal.

She sug­gests in­clud­ing both va­ri­eties in your pond for a longer sea­son of growth.

Hardy wa­terlily: They grow in Perth from Au­gust, flow­er­ing in spring and sum­mer, and go into dor­mancy in April/May.

Po­si­tion at the base of your pond with wa­ter depths of 30cm up to 1m

Give it at least four hours of di­rect morn­ing sun. Shaded po­si­tions will re­sult in poor flow­er­ing

Reg­u­larly fer­tilise – ev­ery two months over the grow­ing sea­son

Di­vide and re-pot ev­ery two years

Avoid us­ing al­gae killing/clean­ing chem­i­cals Trop­i­cal wa­terlily:

They grow in Perth in Novem­ber/De­cem­ber through to July, when they go into dor­mancy.

They stand high above the wa­ter level and have a de­li­cious per­fume.

The flower, stems and leaves are ed­i­ble.

More than 20 trop­i­cal va­ri­eties are on dis­play at the farm, in­clud­ing the Night Flow­er­ing trop­i­cals.

Po­si­tion at the base of your pond with wa­ter depths of 30cm up to 1m

At least six hours of di­rect morn­ing sun. Shaded po­si­tions will re­sult in poor flow­er­ing

Reg­u­larly fer­tilise – ev­ery two months over the grow­ing sea­son

Add plenty of slow-re­lease fer­tiliser pel­lets for max­i­mum speedy growth.

Trop­i­cal wa­terlil­lies can be a great ad­di­tion to the back­yard.

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