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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-14-2015, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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Water lily for a container pond?

Well...any water lilies that would work for a 24 inch diameter round pot? I want to have a small container pond outdoors, and I think this is the only way I could pull this off with my parent's approval. I believe the pot holds about 20 gallon's worth.
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You could try a Perrys Baby Red. Seen it done a couple times. Bowl or Equisite teacup lotus are another option.

Or... try a red/green tiger lotus. Or Nymphaea Rubra / Stellata / Micranthra / Daubenyana- aquarium lillies can work outdoors too. I have either a red tiger lotus or a Nymphaea daubenyana throwing it's first floating pads in my 20" container. At least for the moment it seems to be the perfect size for the container. No idea if it will bloom or not, but the pads are lovely on their own.

Edit: Forgot about Aponogetons, but those seem to like cooler water and have ugly looms. Fast growers though.

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diameter is decent enough, though some lilies will spread several feet, but depth would be the next thing. 12" - 18" would be a minimum. There's also dwarf lilies, helvola. Hardy even. Not sure what USDA hardiness zone you are up there, but I wonder if it's kinda late in the season now for you?


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This is for next year...it would be too late now. The pot is also about 20 inches deep, so depth will not be an issue. I am shooting for a hardy lily so that I can keep it outside about half of the year (I live in zone 5).
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Nymphaea helvola would be perfect for your container pond. Check out Arizona water gardens on eBay. They have beautiful ones and only around 20 bucks.
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