Question about water lilies

Arlington, TX

I have 2 minerature water lilies both for about 3 months now. The yellow lilly has sent up 3 flowers. The first 2 appeared at the surface but never opened and eventually grew down into the pond. The third flower opened 3 days then headed downward. I also have a changable orange and it is just now making a bud and I do not know what it will do. Why do the flowers keep retreating into the depths?
C

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Deer Park, IL(Zone 5b)

Is your water level changing in the pond? Do you have any pictures? I am not sure I understand what you mean about it growing down.

Arlington, TX

The water level is pretty constant. Several of the flowers appeared at the waters surface and I was sure they would open. Instead, they began to grow down into the pond away from the surface and died there. I am wondering what is keeping them from opening up.
C

Athens, PA

Waterlilies are heavy feeders - do you fertilize? Also, do you know what the temps of your water is?

Typically a flower on a waterlily will last about 3 days before it dies and goes back into the pond. They are not long lasting flowers.

Arlington, TX

Ok so that makes sense but I still can't figure why some never open even a day.
C

Athens, PA

How much sun is your waterlily getting?

Arlington, TX

Pretty much full TX sun, which is a good amount. I was thinking it might be too hot for them to be happy.
C

Ocoee (W. Orlando), FL(Zone 9b)

I know in the past when I've had very heavy tadpole groups (and occassionally fish) they nibbled the bud stem through at the base of the plant, so the bud died before it was developed enough to bloom. My blooms, when they do actually open, only last 2 days.

Arlington, TX

No tadpoles yet so must just be new to the pond and adjusting.

springfield area, MO(Zone 5b)

When are you going out to see if they bloomed? Mine will open in the morning, and by 3 or 4 they are closed back up. They don't stay open. Then the next morning they are open again. So if you are going out like after work or something, they could be blooming, just you are not seeing them.

north coast nsw, Australia

isnt that big orange goldfish or something i see in the 1st photo?

Arlington, TX

Yes 5 feeder fish that have tripled in size in a matter of months. They don't seem to eat the lilies but I think they are eating the parrots feather. The flowers (what few I had) did bloom except the first ones they developed. I only have one of the changable flowers about to bloom right now. The pond is dirty and green and the leaves are yellowing and I need to prune off the old ones.
C

Niles, MI(Zone 5a)

Do you have a filtering system? Some of my lillies took a couple years to reach the stage where they bloomed nicely, my pond is 12 years old and the lilies bloom quite nicely, seems that it just takes time for the plant to become established. Give them some time. they are worth it.

Arlington, TX

No, none of the small ponds I have ever made had a filter. They tend to balance out and I do not mind green water. I am worried about the goldfish. In my zone 5 ponds I just let the feeder fish die off each winter and started fresh in the spring. This pond won't get that cold so they will grow and maybe one day reproduce, which I can see would be a problem.
C

north coast nsw, Australia

Maybe the goldfish are eating your lilies?

Decatur, GA

newtonsthirdlaw - you can count on your goldfish doing the wild thing and having tons of fry as a result!
Also after the blossoms die they go back under the water. I suppose that would be to let any seeds go down to the bottom to grow. Lily blossoms are short lived and possibly you missed them when the opened up and only notice the spent blossom retreating.
Also looking at your picture I don't see much growth. Are they really newly potted? I am thinking they might need more fertilizer.
Good luck. I love my lilies when the bloom.
Helen

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