WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A TROPICAL WATER LILY AND A HARDY WATER LILY?
They are both very beautiful in their own way. But there are some big differences.
Hardy water lilies retain their leaves all year long. So in the cold winter months although small they will have leaves.
Tropical water lilies do not. When it gets colder than 55 degrees they will go back to a bulb state and the pot will look completely empty.
Hardy water lilies are grown from long root looking things called “rhizomes”. Rhizomes have small bumps or “eyes” on them that will sprout into a new plant. These new plant eyes can be cut from the rhizome and planted in their own pot making a new plant.
Tropical water lilies are grown from bulbs. In the dormant winter months the bulb will go back into a carbohydrate bulb state. This helps the plant to retain energy to regrow the following spring. In this dormant state they will also produce little baby bulbs that can be repotted into their own pots the following spring as well.