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Water Lily - Virginalis (White Flower)

Viriginalis Hardy Water Lilies are one of our favorite and most coveted selections. They are profuse bloomers and continue shooting out multiple flowers at a time from the beginning until the growing seasons climactic end. The flower is fragrant and pure white with a yellow interior.

There are several practical benefits to your pond from aquatic plants assist in keeping your water healthy for fish, turtles and other pond life. Shade from the large round and oval leaves keeps the water cool and decreases the amount of direct sunlight, a direct contributor to algae growth.

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Description

This hardy day blooming water lily has a large pure white flower and solid green leaves. It blooms spring through fall and winters well.

Virginalis Water Lily is a hardy hybrid that floats its round foliage and produces a fragrant, pure white flower just above the water. It needs about 4 feet to spread its leaves on the water's surface. It has become one of the most popular water lilies due to its simplicity and frequency of bloom. Each leaf lasts about 6 weeks before turning yellow. This is normal and should not be cause for concern. Flower showiness is legendary and each flower lasts several days, but flowers close in late afternoon and at night. Although 'Virginalis' requires full sun for best flowering, this one will produce some flowers with only 4 hours of direct sun.

Common Name: 'Virginalis' Hardy Water Lily
Plant Type: Aquatic plant
Height: .5 to 1 feet
Spread: 2 to 4 feet
Plant Density: Open
Growth Rate: Fast
Texture: Medium
Leaf Arrangement: Most emerge from the soil, usually without a stem
Leaf Type: Simple
Leaf Margin: Undulate
Leaf Shape: Orbiculate
Leaf Color: Green
Flower Color: White
Flower Characteristic: Pleasing fragrance; flowers in summer, fall, and spring
Light Requirement: Plant grows in part shade/part sun
Soil Tolerances: acidic; grows submerged in water, we strongly recommend using our Aquatic Soil.
Soil Salt Tolerances: Poor
Plant Spacing: 36 to 60 inches

'Virginalis' Hardy Water Lily grows in standing water about 18 inches deep and spreads by means of rhizomes. It can be prevented from spreading by planting it in a container without drainage holes and submerging the container into the water garden. This helps prevent the plant from invading the entire water garden.

Hardy Water Lilies should be planted in a container filled with garden soil, aquatic soil or potting mix. We strongly recommend using our Aquatic Soil (Found under the Plants Tab) as it will provide for the best results. A shallow and wide container is markedly better than a tall, narrow container. Before filling the container, place a small plastic bag filled with sand at the bottom or cover the top with gravel once potted to keep it from floating in the pond. Plant the rhizome (root system of the Lily) at the edge of the container so it can grow horizontally across the top. Maximizing the space into which your Water Lily can grow will ensure increased blooms and density. Place a 1- or 2-inch layer of sand or gravel over the top of the media after the rhizome is planted in the pot to keep media and soil in the container. This will ensure neither the fish nor the water current will blow the soil into your water. It will also help keep fertilizer in the pot and out of your pond's water where it can lead to disastrous algae blooms. Lower the container into 6 inches of water until growth begins. This indicates the plant has taken to your pond. The lily's final resting place should be set in your pond so the bottom is no more than 18 inches below the water line. If the water is too deep, place a brick or concrete block under the container.

The only maintenance required is application of a slow-release fertilizer and clipping off of dying or decaying leaves and flowers. We offer fertilizer options that will yield the best results (Found under the Plants Tab). Tablets should be placed several inches below the sand or gravel layer at the top of the container. Use your finger, a screwdriver, or some other instrument to make a hole and follow the manufacturer's directions to determine appropriate number of tablets. Be sure cover the fertilizer tablets with aquatic soil and sand or gravel before placing the pot back into your pond. This will stop fertilizer from entering your water and minimize any increased algae blooms.

PLEASE NOTE: There is variance of shapes, tones, hues, colors, and styles even within the same species or type of water lily. Please use the photo of this plant for reference only. There is no guarantee all plants will look or perform the same.


A Few Tips On Getting the Most From Your Water Lilies

With your new Water Lily several variables will directly contribute to the success of your plant and ensure not only a new addition to your aquatic landscape but an addition that you can watch develop and thrive. Like any other Perennial your new plant will need sufficient sunlight, soil, fertilization, water depth and pruning. These factors will determine the success of your plant

Water lilies generally begin shooting up their first floating leaves in early April. Although they may initially be smaller or darker in color, later blooms generally produce larger leaves with lighter colors. As the season carries on, leaves get larger and begin to shade the water below, cooling and moderating temperature fluctuation. This is one of several practical benefits of introducing aquatic plants into your pond or water garden.

Leaves last anywhere from three to four weeks as they open, grow, and their vibrant color fills the surface of your pond. Into and after the forth week you will notice the leaves beginning to yellow, brown and deteriorate into your pond. Prompt removal of yellowing leaves at the soil level encourages new growth. Plant stems are easily removed with your hand and care should be taken not to disturb the healthy, flourishing stems and leaves in the vicinity.

Around May, the first flowers reach the surface, opening in the day and closing in the evenings for four days per flower. As a flower is spent, it will slowly sink into the pond and should be pinched out to promote more flowering and decrease the amount of plant waste entering your pond and filter. Hardy water lilies flower May through September, with the peak season in June, July, and August.

For the best results, position the water lily so that it receives at least five or more hours of direct sunlight. With Hardy Water Lilies direct sunlight is important and the afternoon sun is best. Some varieties will flower at a reduced frequency when receiving less sunlight. More sun equals more leaves and flowers. A pond in full sun is preferable.

Another important and often overlooked variable is good quality aquatic soil as the growing medium. Clay-loam soil from a vegetable garden or lawn is commonly used. Do not use a bagged soil unless it is specifically labeled for aquatic plants. All floating soil should obviously be avoided as it will not remain in the pot. Adding a layer of small gravel over the top of the soil will keep fish or other aquatic life from digging up the plants and prevents kick up from water circulation. Selecting the right Aquatic Soil is one of the secrets to picturesque plants and is often overlooked by a amateur service company or enthusiast.

Use a pot or planting container that is as large as your pond can accommodate. Larger soil volume allows for a larger root system and more nutrients. This small step directly translates into bigger flowers and leaves. Choose a wide pot over a deep pot as the preferred method for planting. Place the pot at the bottom of the pond up to three feet deep. If your water level is more than three feet deep you can rest the pot on bricks to narrow the gap between the potted plant and the surface of your pond. Allow a minimum of ten inches of water covering the soil. Positioning a plant less than the preferred depth will cause the quality of flowers to be reduced. If your pond freezes during cold winter months be sure the roots are below the freeze line in water.

Regular fertilization will keep your water lily blooming and growing well throughout the entire season. Fertilizer tablets are pushed into the soil at planting time and from April through August. Follow the fertilizer manufacturer's recommendation for fertilizer application rates. We have the best aquatic plant fertilizer and you can find it in our online store.

The calm and tranquil feeling associated with water lilies are in part due to their idle nature. Locate the water lily out of the turbulence of the waterfall or fountain splash. Water splashing on the top of the leaves will discolor and destroy them.

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