Overwintering Water Lilies and Lotus Part 2: Tropical Water Lilies

Tropical Water Lilies

Tropical Water Lilies

Tropical water lilies are harder to overwinter than their hardy cousins; they do go dormant however they cannot be left in a pond over winter if you want them to have a good chance at survival. It’s common for people to purchase tropical lilies with the intent of replacing them, but if you want to try to overwinter them there are a few guidelines that you should follow.

The best place to store your tropical lilies over winter really is a greenhouse so if you have one of those great! Keep the water temperature at about 70 degrees until the winter has passed and the water is warm enough for the lily to be put back and you’re done. If you don’t have a greenhouse then some suitable replacements would be a heated aquarium or in a heated room under some grow lights. After you have found a place to keep your lilies over the winter you are going to want to remove the lily from its pot , trim back some of the roots and leaves, replant the lily in a 1 gallon container and keep the water temperature at around 70 degrees. You want to keep the lily alive but not growing so don’t fertilize it or provide it with too much space.

Wait until the water warms in your pond before you place the lily back in the water. The water temperature should be around 70 degrees before you put the plant back in or you run the risk of your lily returning to dormancy or to be killed by the cold water. Hopefully this information helps you readers successfully over winter your prized water lilies. Thanks for reading and happy ponding!

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