Perry's Baby Red (Nymphaea perry's baby red)

 Quick Facts::  Nymphae Perry's Baby Red
Care Level:Easy
Maximum Length:4″ 
Water Conditions:45-75 F,  pH 6.1 - 7.5
Propagation:Rhizone Division
Supplements:Slow Release Tablets 
Origin:Garden Raised

Developed in 1989 by Perry D. Slocum, the Perry's Baby Red Lily is commonly referred to as a "Water Lily" these plants have adapted to living in a total water environment.  'Perry's Baby Red' Water Lily is a pygmy red lily that blooms profusely and is good for small ponds.  This variety has deep red cup-shaped flowers measuring 3 to 3-1/2" with pink sepals and red veins. It has 4.5 to 6 inch green leaves with brown undersides. Plant height varies with depth of pool. The following planting times correspond to each hardiness zone; for Zone 4 plant in mid to late June, Zone 5 plant in early to mid June, Zone 6 plant in late May to early June, Zone 7 plant mid to late May, Zone 8 plant in mid April, Zone 9 plant in early April and for Zone 10 plant March through April. 

Water Conditions
45-75° F  
pH 6.1-7.5

Easily grown in calm water in full sun. Winter hardy to USDA Zone 4 as long as the roots do not freeze.The Perry's Baby Red Lily will also thrive in small container gardens such as a half oak barrel or in small tubs and kettles in the full sun. Pot in round, shallow, solid containers of 2 gallons or more, in 6-18" of water. Rhizomes of container-grown plants may be lifted in fall after plants die back and stored in a cool location (basement, root cellar or other frost-free area) until spring. If your lily is wintered inside, in the spring, set it out in full sun. Keeping it there until the water in the pot is approximately 80°F will get it to bloom sooner. Wait until the leaves have started to grow and the pond temperature is above 70°F before submerging the lily pot back in your pond. This prevents the plant from going into shock.

Propagation is done by division of the root stock. Cut 4-5 inch chunks making sure each section contains a bud eye. Replant all divide sections as soon as possible and do not let the root dry out. Best done in early spring to give the plant grow time before preparing for winter.