Water lilies in your water garden will surely make a difference in the scenery
that you adore and love so much. Hardy water lilies are first seen growing in
the spring months, and they can live in smaller four to six inch pots along the
shallow ends or portions of your water garden.
As the plant grows you can move it to deeper portions of the water if you like.
Moving the pot back out to the shallow ends over the fall or into the winter
will force your lilies into hibernation for the colder months.
Water lilies grow best in a mesh type pot or a basket made out of wire fencing.
The wire will allow the roots to get all of the nutrients and oxygen that they
need while containing the plant so that it will not over take your water garden.
One thing that you have to be a bit careful with when using wire fencing or wire
mesh in the water is that over the course of a year it can get rusty, from
oxidizing, and could cut you when handing the rusty oxidized mesh in the fall
When you have a new hardy lily that you are planting in a pot, you need to put
the root at an angle in the pot. A forty five degree angle gives the plant a
good balance as it grows so that they roots will seek out additional nutrients
in the soil as it grows forcing the roots to grow out instead of down.
The larger the pot, as large as you can easily pick up and move will be the best
size for the water lily. If you can manage a commercial size pot this would be
ideal. When planting water lilies, you are not going to need or want any peat
additives, as the water lily does not need this to grow. Bone meal is a
wonderful additive for water lilies to thrive.
When planting in containers in the water garden be sure to top off your
containers with a layer of pea gravel. You should really avoid using colored or
decorative stone as this can harm the water and your fish. The pea gravel also
keeps the fish from working their way into your containers destroying your water
lilies, or any other type of container plants in the water garden.