She is Nilima Marwah from Kanpur and she loves growing water lilies in her garden. I saw her Facebook post on quite attractive plants in her garden and got connected with her to share knowledge and wisdom on plants.
She has an alluring water lilies garden in which there are over 80 varieties of water lilies. Many people want to grow lilies in their home garden and reading her experience and tips can help you.
You can visit her Facebook Group here: WATERLILY
My name is Nilima Marwah and I must have been 11 or 12 years old when I accompanied my mother to a nursery to buy some plants for our newly constructed house. That was my first visit and my first steps into the amazing world of plants.
After I got married, we moved places. Winding up gardens, starting afresh. Initially, this used to bother me a lot, but now I have gained confidence. Place me anywhere, just give me space to grow plants and within a few months, I will grow my happiness again!
After I saw waterlilies in pictures posted in international water lily groups, my mind just blew off. I knew I had to procure those plants, no matter what. I started nagging my husband. I even told him, if you cannot get me chaand-taare at least get me some waterlilies.
So he started looking for them. He got in touch with European and Thai sellers, handed me their list of plants to choose from, and dealt with them. Finally one blissful day I got my 1st waterlily parcel.
A homemaker and a mother of two, I put in more hours in my garden than in the kitchen. My kids have learned to adjust to whatever I manage to put on their platters.
I have no ‘maali bhaiya’ as I don’t trust anyone with my plants. They are my stress busters and fill me with positivity. We definitely share a super-strong connection!
Not every garden has to grow in the ground. A water garden provides the perfect backdrop for daily unwinding. The sight of water soothes and relaxes, it’s free therapy for a stress-riddled mind. A pond brings all of that and more.
Water Lilies come in different colors, sizes, and shapes. Broadly categorized into Hardy, Tropical day bloomer, tropical night bloomer, ISG, etc. mainly based on flowers, lily pads, and shapes of the underground root system.
As there are so many different species, it is impossible to give one set of parameters that are correct for all the species.
I am sharing some general guidelines based on my five years experience on Water Lilies:
|Nilima in her Garden|
Size of Water garden
Any big/small non-draining, non-porous container can be your waterlily pond. Even one small water plant in a decorative pot can invite harmony.
The ideal spot for a pond should provide at least six hours of sun a day, without adequate sunlight your waterlilies will not bloom.
Selection of Plant – Hardy vs. Tropical
Hardy flowers are the prettiest but if you are looking for daily flowers, starting with a tropical type would be an ideal choice. Select varieties that grow best in your climate. Hardy are cold tolerant. Tropicals are sensitive to extreme climates.
Hardy rhizome – Plant the rhizome of hardy waterlily against the side of the pot, with the growing tip pointing upward (about 45 degrees) and toward the center of the pot. Wider containers are preferred as they spread horizontally.
To keep your plant healthy and supplement its growth, you will need to add fertilizer to the potting substrate to provide the beneficial nutrients required for plant growth.
Osmocote based slow-release Pond fertilizers are available in pellet form. NPK is an alternative. Fertilize at 45 days interval during the growing season. If you have fish in your pond, fold fertilizer in a paper chit and push it deep down in the soil.
|Viviparous nature of tropical waterlilies|
Waterlily plants go dormant during the winter season. In spring, they sprout back again.
Algae could be your major problem, but it needs light and nutrients to thrive, so keep some floaters on the surface to cut down on light, carefully limit the amount and type of fertilizer you use.
Some gardeners worry about mosquitoes when considering water plants. You don’t have to deprive yourself of a water garden; when there are ways to conquer the little beasts.
We add fish. Fish feasts upon Mosquito larvae. check upon our pond’s mosquito breeding.
|Fish in Nilima’s Pond|
Other than taking care of the larvae. Fish adds flashing colors to your pond and also provides a visually relaxing element. Fish help reduce pond maintenance chores as they eat algae and sediments that gather at the pond’s bottom.
|Nilima’s Waterlily Pond|
The sight of watching innumerable fish fries, birds visiting to quench their thirst. The provision of food and shelter for valuable pollinators overall is joyous and rewarding. Some of your fish might get picked up by prey birds, I choose to accept the ‘Law of Nature’.
Don’t miss upon these little joys. Plan one.
Happy Water Gardening!