The Water lily
Water lilies provide gardeners with an easy introduction to aquatic gardening. Although many aquatic plants are difficult to grow, water lilies are easy to plant and require a minimal level of care. They can be planted in container gardens or small ponds.
How to Plant Water Lilies
- Water lilies should be planted in shallow containers that are about two feet wide and half a foot deep. The containers should not contain drainage holes.
- Plant the water lily in heavy garden soil. Do not use light potting soils or soil mixes that contain perlite or peat
- Before you begin planting, use your finger to push two or three aquatic fertilizer pellets into the soil.
- Use a garden scissors to remove old or dead leaves before planting.
- The lily tuber should be placed near the edge of the container, with the growing end pointed down.
- once the water lily has been planted, cover the soil in the container with a layer of of pea gravel. This will keep the soil in the pot after it has been lowered into the water.
- Carefully lower the container into the water at a slight angle. This will help any air in the container to escape. The container should be placed in between two and three feet of water.