article: Water Lilies in Containers
Water Lilies in Containers
Planting water lilies in the water garden is a fun method of creating that
special atmosphere where your flowers grow, and the greenery enhances the entire
area. If you don’t have a water garden or a very wet area of the landscape you
can still enjoy water lilies, but in containers! In this article, I want to tell
you more about how to plant and care for water lilies in a container for your
The very best time to plant water lilies is in the warmer weather of the spring
or late spring months. Water lilies are a hardy type of plant, but when first
planting them, their roots and the leaves do need a little pampering, which is
where the warmer temperatures come into play.
When ordering lilies through the mail, the lilies are going to be packaged and
shipped when your area is most thought to be ‘done with’ the frost for the
spring months. Mail order companies provide you with the best timeline in when
to plant water lilies, and this is when you can plant them in a container as
well, or if you are going to keep them in the environment controlled greenhouse,
you can order them earlier form other places, such as a local supplier.
Some lilies are tropical, while other lilies are considered hardy water lilies.
Be sure to learn about where you are ordering your lilies from to determine
where you can plant your water lilies. Tropic water lilies need temperatures
that are about seventy degrees all the time, so you can plant these varieties in
the greenhouse in a container. Other types of hardy lilies can be planted in a
container that would be outside, where the temperatures do not fall below
The containers that you use to plant your water lilies should be the type that
you can move about easily, as you are going to want to pick them and move them
as summer turn warm and you spend less time line the greenhouse, or perhaps you
like to spend lots of time outdoors in the greenhouse watching your vegetables!
The container should be about twelve inches across so your plants have lots of
room to spread out and thrive. The plants that you are putting into a container
should be just the basic roots to start with, which are the rhizome. You will
want to cut away as much of the dead roots and leaves as you can without hurting
the remainder of the plant.
Fill your container with a heavy soil, one that is going to hold the moisture
when you water the container so your water lilies will be healthy and have the
moisture they need for growth. Mesh baskets are the best for planting lilies as
they are flexible and offer lots of room for growing. If you are going to use
mesh, you will need to line the basket with some amount of burlap to help hold
additional moisture in the soil.
Plant your rhizome pieces horizontally along the top most layer of the soil.
Water lilies are going to produce and grow large roots that grow downward in
seeking additional moisture. Now that you have put your water lilies in a basket
or a mesh container, you can put this basket into a bucket of water or you can
lower them into your water garden. Simple and easy at home decorating even if
you don’t have a water garden!