Nymphaea ‘Patio Joe’ is a hardy water lily. The flowers have shades of creamy-yellow and pink so when you look from afar they appear peach. It is a free bloomer and a vigorous grower.
It was created in 1997 by hybridizer Dr. Kirk Strawn (1922-2008) and a Founding Member of the International Waterlily Society. He has developed methods of pollinating based on time of the year and also depending on the day a flower opens. He protects flowers by nets on the optimal days in order to pollinate them, and then stores the seeds in the refrigerator after washing them. Tropical water lily seeds stored dry whereas hardy water lily seeds are better stored wet. He prefers to plan seeds outdoors in light shade rather than indoors. He puts a light layer of sand and covers it with newspaper before watering in order to prevent the seeds from washing away.
The flowers are almost 5 inch wide and they are fragrant. The best flowering season is summer. Place them in full sun, the leaf spread is about 90cm or 3ft and the water depth should be a maximum of 60cm or 2ft. It is better not to cover your water lily with gravel or large stone. Do so only if you have Koi fish in the pond. and if so use smaller gravel. Feed your waterlilies and don’t let them get pot bound when they are planted in baskets. All these will help you to have more profuse flowering water lilies.