Nymphaea Capensis Plant is one variety of Lily. Suitable for an open garden, this plant gives an attractive look, the flower color of the plant is very eye-catching

We need the beginners guide to know the maintenance and care of this beautiful flowering blue lily plant.

Blue Water Lily Plant overview

Common NameIt is commonly called cape Blue Water Lily. Its other scientific name is Nymphaea Nouchali, Nymphaea Capensis
ColorThe color of the leaves is green. The flowers however are blue or purple in color.
Habitat/OriginIts habitat is freshwater habitat. It’s native to South Africa Madagascar.
Average SizeGlossy leaf blades can grow up to 40 cm in diameter. The flowers are 5 cm long and 1.5 cm wide.
Growth RateThe growth rate of the plant is medium.
PlacementThe plant is generally placed in open ponds. They can also be placed in wooden barrels, pottery containers, or old kitchen sinks.
MaintenanceThe plant should be pruned regularly. The flowers should be removed from the plant before they decay. If they are allowed to stay after decay, they fall off and rot and contaminate the water.
Planting MethodsWrap the plant with newspaper so that water is penetrated through it. The head of the water lily should rest above the soil.
Ideal SetupThe ideal setup of this plant is a pond. But they can be grown successfully in wooden barrels, pottery containers, or old kitchen sinks. They require a composed rich topsoil mix that is slightly acidic.
Care LevelThe care level of this plant is medium.
SupplementsFertilizers can be added for them to thrive. They can be fed with fertilizers once a month.
LightingThe plant needs full or partial sunlight. They cannot survive under shade.
Water temperatureThe aquarium plant can grow at year-round temperatures. However, during winter in cold countries, they should be kept at a temperature of 55 degrees F. The hardness can be from 3-10.
PropogationThe plant can be propagated through rhizome by division. But this can be done every 3-4 years. Another way is the plant produces baby plants that are attached to the parent plant leaf. The baby plant can be removed carefully and planted elsewhere.
Approx. CostThe seed of this plant costs approximately $13. For this amount, approximately 500 seeds are sold.
Common DiseasesLeaf spots are caused by fungus. Aphids are caused by pests.
What to look for when buyingCheck if the plant is healthy without any spots or pests affected. If you buy seeds, just check if the seeds are healthy.
Related SpecifiesNymphaea species

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