Last Updated on December 31, 2019 by Aiden Lindow

How To Grow Water Lilies From Seed

When you have a pond and have decided that you want to decorate it with beautiful water lilies then the next question is how to grow water lilies from seed.How To Grow Water Lilies From Seed

First, you need to have complete information about the kind of lily that you want to grow at your pond because not every kind of lily is suitable for your pond.

There are different specifications of the environment for growing lilies.

You need to know that you will need the right kind of seeds for growing water lilies, too young seeds or burnt and for longer times soaked seeds would not help.

Seeds need to be fresh and properly grown up.

Water lilies come in different varieties such as, hardy and tropical.

You may grow them from tubers or starters and you can also grow them from seeds.

In the case of growing them from seeds, you need to have seeds from mature water adult lilies.

There are certain things that you will need while growing lilies from seeds like, several containers, white sand, garden soil, paper towel, and plastic bag.


1. Collecting Seeds:

How To Grow Water Lilies From Seed

Water lilies spread their seeds in the pond; if you wish to collect seeds yourself then you will have to wait until pond matures.

You will need to place a plastic baggie over the seed pot and loosely catch it using a twist tie. Let the water be filled in the baggie and the seed pod sits in at the bottom of the water.

Leave it till the time seed ripens and explodes. When the expected thing happens you will have to remove baggie and seeds from the pond.

The next step is to pour the content of baggie into warm water, water should be put into a large tub, and let the seed ripe more before you remove them.

When the floral streamer rots away, it means your seeds are ripening and the ripen seed will sink into the bottom.

When you remove the seeds from the tub, divide them into two categories, viable seeds, and non-viable seed, viable seeds would be darker and larger and non-viable seeds would be smaller and in a light color.


2. Prepare Seeds For Planting:

How To Grow Water Lilies From Seed

You have got the seeds, but that is not enough for, you need to keep them safe.

If you are dealing with the tropical water lilies, get the seeds out of the water and into a paper towel and let them dry into the refrigerator and do not remove them from the refrigerator until you are ready to plant them.

In case of hardy water lilies, leave the seeds into the water till the time you decide to plant them.

Remove them from water and plant them right away.


3. Start With Your Water Lilies:

When you decide to plant lilies, you need to prepare a large container for starting your own water lilies. Add some garden soil at the bottom of your container.

After this fill the left space of container with warm water.

When your sediments start to settle in the bottom, compress the soil a little.

Now sprinkle you water lily seeds onto the soil and press them little into the dirt.

Make a thin layer of white sand over your seeds to see it clearly when seeds start to sprout.


4. Transplanting Seedlings:

Once the seeds are sprouted with few leaves, they are ready to be transplanted into their own separate containers.

The new container needs a layer of garden soil and it is ready to receive the sprouts of water lilies.

Each water lily now will grow in its own container.

Then you need to plant the seedling to the lateral sides of containers and cover it up to the top above part of its root ball with soil.

And then the last step is to submerge your water lilies into the pond. There you are with your water lilies, these are ready to make you pond blossom with beautiful flowers and fragrances.


Craig Presnell has set about making some of the most stunning new tropical waterlily hybrids introduced in recent years. He knows exactly how to grow waterlilies from seed.

Craig Presnell likes to pot seeds independently. He would say, cases that make just a couple of seeds frequently have the most encouraging posterity and he wouldn’t like to hazard losing any in gathering planting.