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Nymphaea stellata, commonly known as the dwarf water lily or red tiger lotus, is a beautiful aquatic plant that can be a stunning addition to a water garden or aquarium. Here is a care sheet to help you provide the optimal conditions for your Nymphaea stellata:

  • Water Requirements:

    • Nymphaea stellata thrives in clean, still or slow-moving water. The water should be free from pollutants and chemicals, such as chlorine, which can harm the plant.
    • Maintain a water temperature between 68°F and 82°F (20°C and 28°C) for optimal growth.
    • The plant prefers a pH range of 6.5 to 7.5.
  • Lighting:

    • Provide your Nymphaea stellata with ample lighting. It requires bright, indirect light for at least 8 to 10 hours a day.
    • If you're keeping it in an aquarium, you can use full-spectrum aquarium lights or specialized plant lights to ensure sufficient light penetration.
  • Planting:

    • Nymphaea stellata should be planted in a wide, shallow container or pond with a layer of nutrient-rich substrate.
    • Gently press the rhizome (horizontal stem) of the plant into the substrate, making sure not to bury it too deeply. The crown (where the roots meet the rhizome) should be at or slightly above the substrate level.
  • Fertilization:

    • Nymphaea stellata benefits from regular fertilization to promote healthy growth and blooming.
    • Use a slow-release fertilizer specifically formulated for aquatic plants, following the manufacturer's instructions. Alternatively, you can use root tabs inserted into the substrate near the plant's roots.
  • Water Depth:

    • Keep the water depth suitable for Nymphaea stellata, which is typically around 6 to 18 inches (15 to 45 cm) deep.
    • Adjust the water level according to the size of your plant and its growth habits. The leaves should float on the water surface, while the roots should be anchored in the substrate.
  • Pruning and Maintenance:

    • Regularly remove any dead or decaying leaves from the plant to maintain water cleanliness and prevent the build-up of organic matter.
    • If the plant becomes overcrowded, thin out excess growth by carefully removing older leaves or rhizome divisions.
    • It's important to prevent the plant from overshadowing other aquatic plants or blocking sunlight.
  • Winter Care:

    • If you live in a region with cold winters, and your Nymphaea stellata is in an outdoor pond, you'll need to take measures to protect it during the winter months.
    • Move the plant to a deeper part of the pond where the water is less likely to freeze completely.
    • You can also consider using a pond heater or de-icer to prevent the water from freezing entirely.

Remember, each plant is unique, and factors like climate, water quality, and lighting can influence the care requirements. Observing your Nymphaea stellata closely and adjusting the care accordingly will help ensure its long-term health and vibrancy.

RED Tiger lotus BULB - Nymphaea stellata

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