Clyde Ikins Hardy Waterlily (Nymphaea ‘Clyde Ikins’)
First to bloom nearly every year! Clyde Ikins is a power house for flower production. The flowers are a subtle blend of yellow and soft pink.
Clyde Ikins is big and beautiful, with 4- to 6-inch peach blossoms that command attention. This flower is one of the most popular varieties created by noted horticulturalist Kirk Strawn, but it wouldn’t exist if Strawn’s friend – Clyde Ikins – hadn’t intervened. According to waterlily lore, Ikins spotted the flower while checking out his friend’s latest hybridization efforts. Strawn told Ikins he planned to throw out the flower because he didn’t like it, but Ikins convinced him to keep it. Strawn not only followed his friend’s advice but named the almost-eradicated flower in his honor.
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: Clyde Ikins Waterlily (Nymphaea ‘Clyde Ikins’)
|Where to Plant||Deep Water (16-24 Inches)|
|Where to Plant|
Deep Water (8-30 Inches)