Nymphaea Colorata Blue (Blue Pigmy Water Lily)

Nymphaea Colorata Blue Seeds (Blue Pigmy Water Lily Seeds)


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Compact lily, small enough to do well in very small ponds or container water gardens, like tubs or kettles.


Nymphaea Colorata Blue Dwarf is native to Tanzania, Africa. Derived from an African species, it is a compact lily, small enough to do well in very small ponds or container water gardens, like tubs or kettles. This lily has blue blooms, dwarf growing habit, and is an excellent grower and a prolific bloomer. This one will create an enchanting effect on any summer patio! It is also terrific for beginners. In a pond it can spread up to 6 feet and is recommended to be in about 6-18" of water in a 3-gallon (or larger) container. Nymphaea Colorata continues to flower when temperature drops to 65F! This day blooming tropical lily has abundant, small (4 to 5 inch), pinwheel-shaped flowers. They are deep blue, paler at the base, with purple stamens. The flowers are very fragrant. Nymphaea Colorata plant has numerous, circular shaped leaves with wavy edges . The leaves are solid green on top with bluish violet underside. They measure 8 to 9 inches and can spread between 3 and 6 feet wide but they also adapt to smaller space. Hardiness Zones: 10-11 (1c/35f, 4c/40f). Colorata tolerates somewhat cooler water than other tropical lilies (down to 65F) and may bloom all winter in zones 10 or 11. They do fairly well in the shade. They prefer an organic loam to grow into. Tropical plant should have a water temperature of 65-70ºF during summer and 50ºF in winter.
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Common name Blue Pigmy Water Lily
Family No
Genus No
Species Nymphaea colorata
Cultivar Blue
Therapeutic uses No
Germination The number of seeds determines the container size, everything from small pots to dish pans to small ponds. Put a layer of soil in the bottom, add water to the brim, level and compact the soil once it has settled from filling with water. Then distribute the seeds as evenly as possible over the soil and drizzle a thin layer of white sand through the water over the seeds. This helps to anchor them and to see them as they sprout. Adding water after putting the seeds are put in can dislodge them, as can placing the container in a pond. So be careful if you need to do so. To keep the water around 80 degrees you can use a heating pad placed under the container.
When the seedlings have made several floating leaves in smaller containers, carefully dig them up and pot them individually. In small ponds designed for seedlings, let the plants grow to blooming stage and then remove them, either to propagate or discard, making more space for still developing seedlings. Germination should take 3-4 weeks, but can take longer. Be patient!
Scarification / Stratification No

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