Colorado Hardy Waterlily (Nymphaea ‘Colorado’)
More pink than yellow, she is a dazzler, blooming consistently from early spring through summer.
The Colorado waterlily is one of the most tropical-looking hardy waterlilies you can add to your pond. The peach flowers blossom to a width of 5 to 6 inches and stand 3 to 4 inches above the water’s surface. This lily blooms often and lasts late into the season, giving your pond a pop of color after many other waterlilies have retired for the season. Colorado is one of the more than 50 varieties of waterlily hybridized by horticulturalist Kirk Strawn, who created Nymphaea ‘Colorado’ in 1994.
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: Colorado Hardy Waterlily (Nymphaea ‘Colorado’)
|Where to Plant||Deep Water (8-30 Inches)|
|Where to Plant|
Deep Water (8-30 Inches)