I have a small pond (about 190 gallons I think) with two minature water lilies. They did ok the first year but didnt grow as many leaves as I have had plants make in the past even in pretty much full sun. This last year they were pitiful. I wonder if the water heats up too much here or if it just got really out of balance, since I don't check any levels. Is there a water lily that doesnt get too large that might do better. One small replacing two minatures?
I have one of the smaller ones (it's either Tina or Panama Pacific) in the plastic pond, with about 8 inches of water. I put it there with the intention of being done with my bigger pond by now, but it hasn't happened yet. It's in full blazing Florida sun, and very shallow water, and blooms like a rock star. It's not even planted, it's just floating! I don't fertilize my lilies, I just leave them alone and they seem to do better. I have another in about 12 inches of water with mollies, and it blooms like crazy too. I've only had problems with snails from time to time, which I squash and let the minnows eat. Do you know which variety yours are, or if they are tropical?
Not tropical and I have had them 3 years now. Both are mineratures I orded from TX water lilies and I would have to look them up. Maybe I am not getting as much sun there as I thought? Our temps can be over 102 for weeks on end and the night temps do not drop much at all. Add the lack of humidity and I wonder? Still others grow nice plants here. Could it be water quality?