Waterlily (Nymphaea Sp.)
Prima Donna, first lady of the stage! Your devotees are on their knees… the waterlily is indeed the Prima Donna of the watergarden! Their exquisite flowers in shades of white, yellow, peach, salmon, pink, red, purple and blue are set off by their equally splendid floating leaves ranging from lush green to maroon. Whilst each flower last between 3 and 4 days, few other plants match their long flowering season extending from September through March, if fertilized regularly. Waterlilies require a minimum of 6 hours of direct sun for optimum growth and flowering as well as at least 15 – 30 cm of water over the plant, but can easily adapt to water more than 1 m deep. Waterlilies require replanting every season in the spring or early summer to ensure they have adequate nutrients for optimal flowering – use a specially formulated aquatic plants soil or mix your own using 3 parts red, clay-like topsoil and 1 part well composted kraal manure, and a generous helping of bonemeal (± 10 ml per 1 ℓ of soil), finish this off with a thin layer of river sand. Supplemental fertilizer can be given throughout the growing season by adding extra bonemeal or Osmocote to the soil.
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