Red Spider Waterlily (Nymphaea ‘Red Spider’)

A powerful summer bloomer. The narrow petals are crinkled for a unique presence in the garden pond.

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Description

Red Spider is a waterlily you either love or you don’t.

This unique hybrid has long, crinkled petals that look a little like pink spiders floating on the pond’s surface. These blooms span about 5 to 6 inches across. Red Spider’s leaves are a mottled green.

Other waterlilies sometimes have similarly crinkled blooms, but only during bad weather. Red Spider looks the way it does on purpose, making it a truly unique flower.

PLACEMENT

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.

IN-SEASON CARE

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).

WINTER CARE

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.

DIVIDING

Waterlilies produce fewer leaves and flowers when overcrowded. To get the most out of your plant, divide it every couple years.

OVERVIEW: RED SPIDER HARDY WATERLILY (NYMPHAEA ‘RED SPIDER’)
FlowerRed
Bloom TimeSummer
Hardiness Zone3
HeightN/A
Spread3-5 Feet
ExposurePrefers Sun
Where to PlantDeep Water (8-30 Inches)

Additional information

Flower

Red

Bloom Time

Summer

Hardiness Zone

3

Height

N/A

Spread

3-5 Feet

Exposure

Prefers Sun

Where to Plant

Deep Water (8-30 Inches)