Ask a Question forum: Do water lilies only have one flower at a time?

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Mar 10, 2018 9:19 PM CST
Hello everyone,
I have a tropical water lily pot in my balcony. I seem to have a steady growth of leaves but there is only one flower at a time.
I have tried researching about this but came up with no information whatsoever.

Name: Elaine
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Mar 10, 2018 9:43 PM CST
Water lilies are fairly large plants that need room to spread their leaves out on the water's surface. Even the dwarf water lilies can be quite large. Mine end up covering an area about 3ft. by 3ft. and they do bloom with more than one flower once they spread out.

They also require several hours per day of direct sunlight and some fertilizer. So if you are meeting its needs as far as sunlight, and nutrients are concerned, then I'd say you need a bigger container for it so it can spread itself out wider. The more leaves, the more sunlight it can gather and convert to food and energy to bloom and reproduce itself. Here in the US they sell little round "pools" about a meter across for small children and dogs. If I wanted to grow a water lily on a balcony, that is what I'd plant it in.

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Mar 10, 2018 10:03 PM CST

Water Lily roots are long rhizomes with all the growth, leaves and flowers, on one end (like a bearded iris rhizome). If you have only one rhizome, you will have one flower at a time. As the plant matures and grows more rhizomes, you will have more than one flower at a time.
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