Helvola Hardy Waterlily (Nymphaea ‘Helvola’)
Precious and wonderful, this little star is suitable for the smallest ponds or large window boxes. An outstanding bloomer whose unopened buds dance just above the water’s surface.
You won’t find a waterlily smaller or more adorable than Nymphaea ‘Helvola.’ With blooms spanning no more than 3 inches across, this little star is suitable for the smallest ponds or large window boxes. Helvola is an outstanding bloomer whose unopened buds dance just above the plant’s green- and purple-mottled foliage. This precious miniature waterlily dates back to 1879, when it was hybridized by famed horticulturalist Joseph Latour-Marliac.
Waterlilies thrive placed in full sun and submerged in anywhere from 8 to 30 inches of water. Put your potted lily directly into the pond, or remove it from the pot and plant it in a designated pocket. Don’t worry if the lilies’ leaves are completely submerged; any new growth will find its way to the surface.
For maximum blooms, fertilize your lilies about once per month from May until September. (If you bought your lily from Splash, you can wait until one month after your purchase to fertilize your plant for the first time).
Each flower on a waterlily will repeat its bloom cycle – opening in the morning and closing in the afternoon – for three to five days before dying. You’ll know a bloom has run its course when it sinks under the water, at which point you can prune it. With plenty of sunlight and fertilizer, most lilies will produce tons of new flowers from May until October in southcentral Pennsylvania (Zone 6).
Trim off the lily’s leaves as they start to die off for the season, eventually pruning the whole plant down to its base. Some people like to “sink” their waterlilies in the deepest part of the pond in the winter, but we have found that most hardy waterlilies manage just fine without being moved.
Waterlilies produce fewer leaves and flowers when overcrowded. To get the most out of your plant, divide it every couple years.
Overview: Helvola Waterlily (Nymphaea ‘Helvola’)
|Where to Plant||Deep Water (8-30 Inches)|
|Where to Plant|
Deep Water (8-30 Inches)