Planting Instructions for Aquatic Plants 'How To Plant Pond Plants' (T– Pond Megastore (2022)

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Planting Instructions for Aquatic Plants

Along with providing you with the most diverse selection of pond plants available anywhere, we want to help you grow the very best water garden plants in your pond or water feature. Listed below are some tips and advice as to how to plant your pond plants. There are a list of DO's and DON'TS as well.

  • DO notify us upon the arrival of your pond plants, if anything arrives in a stressed or damaged condition. We will try to rectify it at once.
  • DO NOT fertilize your lotus until you have aerial leaves growing out of the water (see Lotus Planting Guide) To fertilize too early will kill your lotus plant.
  • DO follow planting instructions, we have been growing pond plants for a number of years, we will give you the correct way to plant your pond plants for the best results.
  • DO take the advice of our sales staff if they should advise you that the water or the weather is too cold for tropical plants. Under natural conditions, tropical plants grow in warm water and very warm temperatures (70 plus degrees). We grow our tropicals in warm conditions and when you purchase them too early and plunge them in cold water, you will kill the plant. To experience an algae bloom in early spring is natural. We don't recommend putting tropical hyacinths and tropical water lettuce in cold water to take up the algae, we recommend hornwort (an oxygenator) or snails to help with the uptake of nutrients in the water until your waterlilies and other plants come out of dormancy and begin to grow in the spring.
  • DO feed your waterlilies (annual and perennial) as waterlilies are very heavy feeders and need fertilizer to grow and bloom.
  • DO NOT overfeed your fish! Overfeeding is the Number 1 cause of poor water quality and algae blooms! In nature, fish eat naturally occurring algae and mosquito larvae. When you overfeed them, the fish waste adds too many nutrients (nitrogen) to the water and upsets the balance, often causing an algae bloom or some other mayhem.
  • DO follow moisture and sunlight requirements for your plants. Plants that need moisture will not thrive in dry conditions and blooming plants will not bloom without the required sunlight.
  • DO follow recipe for heavy loam soil. Heavy loam soil may be used for almost all of your aquatic pond plants.

    Listed below are the instructions on 'How To Plant Your Pond Plants', if you have any questions, take a look at our videos on "How To Plant Your Waterlily", How To Plant Your Lotus", and how to plant pond plants. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to seek assistance byemailing us! PondQuestions@gmail.com

    Tropical/Annual Waterlilies

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    Annual Waterlilies require consistent temperatures of 70 degrees or warmer, if tubers are to survive the winter, they must be removed from the pond in colder climates.

    Start off by purchasing a large, wide container for your waterlily. A two-three gallon container is fine. If you use a larger pot, your waterlily will grow larger.

    Heavy Loam Soil Recipe

    2/3 Loam Topsoil ($2-3)) at your local Lowe's or Home Depot

    1/3 Pool Filter Sand

    Topsoil can be purchased in your local hardware store and should not contain any compost or additional material. Moisten the topsoil before mixing with Pool Filter Sand. Pool FilterSandcan be purchased wherever they sell pool supplies. Pool Filter Sand has larger granules than regular sand and is pre-rinsed!

    This heavy loam soil that you have created should have a clumping quality when you moisten it and squeeze it, it should form a ball in your hand when you grab it!

    Once you have your heavy loam soil, you will be filling the bottom 2/3 of your waterlily container with the soil you have prepared along with Landon Granular Fertilizer. We recommend 1/2 the recommended dose for newly potted waterlilies, to be mixed into the soil. Press down on the soil to remove any air in the soil, do this again when filling the container to about 4" from the top of the pot.

    Do not mix Landon fertilizer in the top portion of the soil you will be adding to the top of the planting container. Add two inches of heavy loam soil to the top of the pot with no fertilizer in the mix. Landon Fertilizer is hot and may burn new plants. Leave 2" at the top of the planting container.

    Some DO'S and DON'TS regarding aquatic soil:

    DOmix 2/3 loam topsoil with 1/3 Pool Filter Sand, adding a little water to the mix as you go. The mixture should form a ball in your hand when you grab it!

    DO NOT use 100% calcined clay as it has no nutritional value.

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    DO NOT use Potting Soil as it has organic material that will rot and foul your water. It is also very light and will float right out of the pot!

    DO NOT add stones or pebbles to the top of your planting container as they will inhibit plant growth and may kill the plant! Plants do not grow in rocks and stones in nature.

    DO NOT purchase API Aquatic Planting Media or Microbe-lift Aquatic Planting Media as these products are NOT suitable for waterlilies, lotus and most other aquatic plants. These products are for submerged grasses ONLY!

    Bog Plants (Wetland Plants) prefer poor, acidic soil.

    NEVER top your container with stones or pebbles, you may use pool filter sand to top off your container, if you wish.

    Remove any dead or spent leaves, damaged leaves or old blooms from the waterlily tuber Place the waterlily tuber in the soil, spreading the roots out and placing the tuber upright in the container, keeping the crown of the plant exposed, with the top of the plant even with the soil. We recommend adding 2-4 Waterlily World Pond Tabs to the top of the soil to help feed your plant until i the roots of your waterlily reach the Landon fertilizer at deeper levels of the soil in the bottom portion of the container.

    At this point, your waterlily is almost ready to be gently submerged into the pond. Depending on the variety of waterlily you have purchased, deeper depths are for more mature plants. Place your waterlily in more shallow water until it is established. Once your waterlily is established, you can place it at the maximum depth for your waterlily specimen. (Pads on your waterlily have air in them, waterlilies will often float right out of the pot when newly planted, as the air in the pads acts like a hot air balloon and lifts your plant to the surface. If this happens, simply cut off a leaf or two, before replanting and submerging your waterlily back into the water.

    Make sure you have placed your waterlilies where they will receive at least 5+ hours of sunlight. Waterlilies will not bloom if not given enough sunlight.

    The Landon Granular Fertilizer should feed your plants for about 60-80 days. If you notice that your plant is turning yellow or not thriving, add a couple of fertilizer tabs to the top of the soil by gently pressing them in the soil, not the root of the plant. You can feed your plants with Waterlily World Pond Tabs every three or four weeks as needed.

    If you would like to give your waterlily a dose of Landon Granular Fertilizer, just make an envelope with a 10" x 10" piece of newspaper, place a Tablespoon or two of Landon Fertilizer in the center of your 10" x 10" paper, and fold it like an envelope and gently slip the envelope down the side of the container of your waterlily.

    Waterlilies are very heavy feeders. We recommend and sell Landon Granular Fertilizer and Waterlily World Pond Tabs + Humates. These products help your plants get off to a healthy start and to maintain vigorous growth and robust bloom!

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    Hardy/Perennial Waterlilies

    To plant your hardy waterlily, follow the same recipe for HEAVY LOAM SOIL in the tropical waterlily instructions.

    After you have mixed the soil in the right proportions you may add it to your planting container.

    Use a 2-3 gallon container, it should be at least 16-18" wide. Fill the container 2/3 full with heavy loam soil. Add Landon Granular Fertilizer to the soil mix in your container, being careful to mix it in thoroughly. We recommend half the recommended dosage for new waterlilies.

    Take your waterlily tuber and remove any dead, damaged or spent leaves from the tuber. Gently place the tuber on the inside of the pot next to the side of the pot, rather than in the center. Once you have spread out the roots, fill the container the rest of the way, using your heavy loam soil mix WITHOUT the Landon's fertilizer. Do not cover the crown of the plant, leave it exposed. Leave about 2" at the top of the pot. Gently press down on the soil to remove any air that is trapped in the soil. At this time you may gently press 2 or 4 Waterlily Pond Tabs + Humates into the soil. These pond tabs will feed your plant until the roots are mature enough to reach the Landon fertilizer deeper in the container.

    Gently place your waterlily in the pond at a shallow depth, deeper depths are for mature plants. Your waterlily should receive at least 5+ hours of sunlight. If your waterlily should float out of the pot, simply cut off a leaf or two and replant. Air is stored in the lilypads of your waterlily and when you submerge it, the leaves may pull the plant to the surface.

    The Landon Granular Fertilizer should feed your plant for 60-80 days. If your plant needs more fertilizer, simply add more fertilizer tabs to the top of the soil in the container or add Landon granular fertilizer by cutting a 10 x 10 piece of newspaper, place a Tablespoon or two of Landon's fertilizer in the middle of the newspaper and fold it into an envelope. Gently slide the envelop down the side of the pot of your waterlily. You can insert 2 or 3 envelopes with Landon Granular Fertilizer. Just follow dosing directions.The newspaper will decompose and the fertilizer will reach the roots of your waterlily as the roots run around the pot.

    Waterlilies are very heavy feeders! We recommend and sell Landon's Granular Fertilizer and Waterlily World Pond Tabs + Humates to help get plants off to a healthy start, for vigorous growth and robust bloom!

    Marginal Plants

    Marginal plants that are placed inside the pond should be planted the following way. Plant in fabric planting bags or containers with holes in them to allow access to oxygen at the roots. Always use heavy loam soil and fertilize with Waterlily World Pond Tabbs when necessary. Plants like Papyrus, Dwarf Umbrella Palm, Hibiscus, Canna, Iris, Sedge or grasses and almost any other marginal plant from Water Celery, Yerba Mansa to Lemon Drops may be planted in pots or fabric planting bags and placed in your pond with an inch or two of water above the top of the pot. Fertilize when necessary with Waterlily World Pond Tabbs + Humates to keep your plants looking their best!

    Marginal plants planted outside the pond should be planted in this manner. These are your bog plants that do well in moist soil rather than shallow water. Keep soil moist and fertilize when necessary with slow release fertilizer mixed into the soil.

    Iris

    Iris may be planted inside or outside of the pond, depending on the variety.

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    When planting inside the pond, we recommend planting baskets or fabric planting bags as they allow your plant to have access to oxygen at their roots. This helps your plants by allowing them to grow larger and healthier and helps to eliminate algae from your pond as well.

    When planting iris outside the pond, choose a moist, bog area to plant your iris. Dig holes twice as large as the rhizome and add compost to the hole. Plant with tips pointing up and roots facing down. Tips of rhizomes should be level or slightly above the top of the soil. Water once planted and water during dry periods. Divide as necessary every few years.

    Oxygenators

    Oxygenators like Jungle Vallisneria, Hornwort, Anacharis, Red Ludwigia, Cabomba and Lemon Bacopa may be tucked into the substrate at the bottom of the pond. The may be planted in small containers using clay planting media or sand or they may be weighted with small weights to keep them from floating into the skimmer.

    Lemon Bacopa and Red Ludwegia may be planted in small container and placed on shelves in your pond as they are oxygenators and well as emergent plants and will grow above and below the water.

    Floating Plants

    Floating plants like Mosaic Plant, Water Poppies, Water Snowflakes, Frogbit as well as others, look as though they are magically floating on the surface of the water. These plants should have their roots planted in small containers using heavy loam soil and placed on the shelves of the pond. Fertilize with pond tabs as necessary.

    True Floating Plants

    True floating plants require NO planting, simply place on the surface of the water with roots facing down!

    The following are considered True Floating Plants:

    Azolla

    Duckweed

    Salvinia

    Water Hyacinths

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    Water Lettuce

    Fabric Aquatic Planting Bags are an excellent choice as these pots fold down to the required height needed, come in different sizes and most importantly, allow plants to receive oxygen at their roots! (This helps reduce the algae in your pond and your plants will grow larger and healthier in containers that allow oxygen at the roots)These bags are convenient, easy to use and ship easily.

    Landon Granular Fertilizer and Waterlily World Pond Tabs + Humates are the best fertilizers for aquatic plants. That is why we recommend and sell them. Landon Granular Fertilizer was developed by Mr. Ken Landon, Hybridizer and Director of the International Waterlily Collection in San Angelo, Texas. Landon Fertilizer has proven itself among the thousands of waterlilies that he has used

    FAQs

    How do you plant aquatic plants in a deep pond? ›

    Place the roots of the plant in the water and secure them with rocks. Next, place the marginal into the water roots down so that they are nestled right on top of the soil in the pond. Then, take the rocks you removed and stack them around the plant's roots to keep it from floating away.

    What soil do I use for pond plants? ›

    Heavy clay soil is an ideal planting mix for pond plants. The clay soil or heavy loam holds water and nutrients without floating to the surface. You can dig up garden soil if you have a spot where the soil is heavy and clay-like. Adding a thin layer of gravel on top of the soil may help hold the soil in place.

    How do you make aquatic soil for pond plants? ›

    Leave 2" at the top of the planting container. Some DO'S and DON'TS regarding aquatic soil: DO mix 2/3 loam topsoil with 1/3 Pool Filter Sand, adding a little water to the mix as you go. The mixture should form a ball in your hand when you grab it!

    How do you repot aquatic plants? ›

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    How many plants are in a pond? ›

    Having two or three oxygenating pond plants per square metre of pond surface is usually recommended when it comes to the number of plants to have in your pond.

    When can I put pond plants in my pond? ›

    The optimum time for most potted pond plants is late winter/early spring, as this means that they go in their new pots with fresh soil and food just before they start to grow, so they get the most benefit from this.

    How do you grow a pond from a seed? ›

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    How do you take care of a pond plant? ›

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    How do you grow pond plants without soil? ›

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    How do you put pond plants in a pond? ›

    For planting a pond use shelf pond plants, submerged oxygenating plants & waterlilies to create a healthy pond environment. Place all pond plants immediately into your pond or patio container pond when they arrive. Our marginal shelf plants & waterlilies are already rooted in aquatic compost in mesh baskets.

    How do you plant pond plants in a basket? ›

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    Do I need to feed pond plants? ›

    Feeding pond plants is not always a necessity, depending on the condition of your pond. But if you do decide to go ahead, you'll need to know how to fertilize submerged aquatic plants and when to feed them. Read on for the details of adding fertilizer for pond plants.

    Can you plant pond plants in normal pots? ›

    When potting a pond plant, you can use normal plastic garden pots (those with solid sides and the holes in the bottom) like any other potted plant if you wish. These have the advantage of being low cost and easily available.

    Do you need soil for pond plants? ›

    It has always been recommended water garden and aquatic pond plants be potted in aquatic soil. Aquatic soil is the ONLY successful way to grow pond plants.

    How long do you leave a pond before adding plants? ›

    Before adding plants to the pond, put them in a bucket of water for 7-10 days and change the water every day. This will leach out the fertiliser and they will then be safe to add to the pond.

    Do pond plants have to be in baskets? ›

    Do pond plants have to be planted in pond baskets? Most garden ponds are built with planting shelves at various depths to suit different pond plant types. If your pond has plant shelves, we recommend planting baskets. They are convenient and allow easier pond plant husbandry in the future.

    What kinds of pond plant are there? Pond plants are traditionally divided into four categories – marginal plants, oxygenating plants, floating plants, and deep-water plants. There is some overlap between the categories, but they are still useful.  Marginal plants grow around the edges, or margins, of the pond where the

    Marginal plants grow around the edges, or margins, of the pond where the water is shallow.. Most people consider marginal plants essential to make the pond look natural and attractive, and they also provide cover and habitats for all kinds of wildlife.. Oxygenating plants are plants that have all their foliage under the water.. Aside from their attractive appearance, these plants can also provide shade for the pond (which can help with green water) and cover for fish and pond wildlife.. Like oxygenating plants and floating plants, deep-water aquatics also won't grow outside of the pond in, for example, a damp flowerbed or bog garden - they need water over their soil in order to grow.. When should I plant my pond?. If you want to use plants to encourage wildlife, the single most important thing is to choose plants from each category so that you have a range of habitats within the pond - plants with underwater foliage, such as oxygenating plants, plants with floating leaves, and marginal plants around the edge.

    Pond plants are essential for your water garden. Floating pond plants, Submerged pond plants, water lilies and bog plants are all essential in creating a balanced ecosystem in your pond. Refer to the instructions below for help in growing the plants we sell. Happy Water Gardening! IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS FOR PLANTS UPON

    Floating pond plants, Submerged pond plants, water lilies and bog plants are all essential in creating a balanced ecosystem in your pond.. Bunched Plants keep stems submerged , they will develop roots and can be planted or anchored.. Lilies are heavy feeders and should be fertilized every 2 weeks from the first month of your growing season until September 1 st . Press the soil around the roots being careful not to cover the crown of the plant .. It is better to plant lilies shallow 6 to 20 inches from the root to the surface, than to plant them too deep.. PLANTING TROPICAL WATER LILIES: - See picture below - Annual Water Lilies prefer the crown 6” to 28” below the water surface in as much sun as possible.. Plant bog plants as you would tropical water lilies, again making sure you don't cover the crown of the plant.. Bog Plants after being planted in their new pots prefer moist soil until established and should only be in water deep enough to keep the soil moist.. Suggested Containers for Planting Lotus Any water-tight rounded container with no holes is acceptable for growing lotus.. PLANTING CONTAINERS & PLANTING MEDIA The soil that you use can be from your flower or vegetable garden.. If you do not have soil available, Calcined Clay is a great alternative to soil for planting your pond plants, but does need some soil and sand mixed with it for the fertilizer to adhere to.. We carry planting containers and fish safe fertilizer for you to plant your water plants or you can use any container that you already have, if it is the recommended size for the plant.. To prepare the soil, mix the soil with water from the pond to make a nice thick mud.. Newly potted plants can be placed at shallow depths until they become established, so they do not float up before they are well rooted.. We carry planting containers, baskets and fertilizer for you to plant your water plants or you can use any container that you may already have, as long as it is the recommended size for the plant.. To prepare the soil, mix the soil with water from the pond to make a nice thick mud.

    Adding pond plants is a relaxing way to beautify a water garden. The sheer diversity of different pond plants can be overwhelming but it should not prevent you from making the right plant choice. Learn how to choose the right plants for your zone.

    However, for new water gardeners, selecting the proper pond plants can be intimidating.. Making sense of planting information The sheer diversity of different pond plants can be overwhelming but it should not prevent you from making the right plant choice.. Plant Selection Plants suitable for ponds are generally categorized into three basic groups:. In addition to providing oxygen, submerged plants such as anacharis also help improve water quality and water clarity by filtering excess nutrients from the water.. Floating plants are the third type of pond plants and as their name implies, float on the water surface.. As part of the pondscape, floating plants add visual interest as they gently drift across the pond surface, bringing motion to the pond with every breeze.. Pond Plant Packs We've done the planning so you can start the planting – right out of the box!. Putting it all together with a natural planting scheme To create a natural-looking water garden, position plants in strategic locations.. Use floating plants and shorter marginal plants as foreground plants and taller marginal plants and grasses to fill the midground.. Pond Plant Planting Instructions. Submersed Plants Spread roots out in a plant basket and fill with planting media.. Bog Plants Carefully remove plant from the plastic pot in which it was shipped.. Floating Plants Unwrap plants and carefully spread out the roots and leaves.. Bog Plants: 7-9" wide for small bog plants, 11-14" wide for large bog plants like Iris.

    Planting & Transplanting Aquatic Plants

    Planting & Transplanting Aquatic Plants. Tropical lilies and hardy lilies must be transplanted from their original pots to an 18-27 litre container or larger.. Push 6 to 8 fertilizer tablets per 27 litre tub into the soil around the rhizome and cover any holes with soil.. PLANTING OXYGENATING PLANTS. Place pots directly on the bottom of the pond between the lily tubs.. Marginal plants should be potted into an 8″ pot or larger.. Cover the soil with a layer of gravel and soak with pond water before placing the pot into the pond to prevent muddying up your pond water.. Directions for Fertilizer Tablets: Use 6 tablets per 18-27 litre lily or lotus container in the spring or when first planting.. Your lilies should be fertilized monthly with 4 tablets per lily container and 1-2 tablets per 8″ pot for shallow water plants.

    Winter is the perfect time to start planning your spring water garden. The best spring water garden plan combines careful consideration of plant selection with the right tools and accessories for the job. Plan your spring planting with our help.

    Take factors such as light requirement, hardiness zone, maximum size, and growing habit into careful consideration before making your plant selection.. Use floating plants and shorter marginal plants as foreground plants and taller marginal plants and grasses to fill the midground.. Place the basket at a depth of about 12" below the water surface.. Place the plant in the pot and fill remaining space with more media.. Position the basket so that the top is just below the water surface.. Submerge the lily so that the leaves are at least 6" below the water surface.. As the leaves grow to the surface of the pond, gradually lower the container until it is 12-18" below the water surface.

    From colorful water lilies that dance on the pond’s surface to aquatic Forget-Me-Nots that hug the edges of your water garden, it’s the amazing pond plants that put the “garden” in “water garden.” You can apply many of

    From colorful water lilies that dance on the pond’s surface to aquatic forget-me-nots that hug the edges of your water garden, it’s the amazing plants that put the “garden” in “water garden.” Things like color, height, and planting conditions are things you’ll want to consider when it comes to planting your pond.. Use a combination of waterlilies and marginal plants such as canna, arrowhead, aquatic forget-me-not, water iris, and more.. Waterlilies and Marginals in a Planted Pond 2: Play with Colors Choose colors you like best and consider the type of lighting your water garden receives.. Yellow, orange, and white help brighten shady areas, while cool blue and violet tone down the intensity of the sun’s rays.. Experiment by mixing warm colors with cool ones.. 3: Go Green A soft, calming space is created by using different textures and shades of green foliage.. The combination is effective on its own and mimics the style of a Japanese zen garden where texture takes precedence over an array of color.. If your plants do become crowded and overgrown, you can always divide them or thin them out just like your land perennials.. Give extras to a friend or consider planting some in a container water garden to grace another area of your yard.. You’ll create more visual interest when you have a mix of tall and short plants.. Hardy and Tropical Pond PlantsYou’ll want to ensure an interesting mix of aquatic plant types for your water garden.

    Planting Instructions from Puddleplants. To obtain the best results for your pond plants please plant as soon as possible after receiving them.

    Where plants are supplied in solid pots (note: all our 9cm/0.5 litre plants are in solid pots) these must be potted up into either planting baskets or bags using a good quality aquatic soil , or subsoil provided that it is free from fertiliser and herbicides, or planted directly into your pond if it is either a natural pond or you have used soil or gravel substrate to create the marginal shelves.. Do not take a 9cm plant and pot into a 9cm (0.5 litre) basket as these are the smallest baskets and only good for small bunches of oxygenators (though we recommend 1 litre baskets for our oxygenators), so will provide no room for further growth and also be unstable for all but the smallest plants: our 9cm plants will be well rooted and ready to go up into a bigger basket.. Select the required size basket and add enough soil to the bottom of the basket so that the new plant in its root ball will sit just below the top, tap the basket to remove any air pockets.. In the Autumn/Winter there is no foliage but in the Spring they will have good growth and healthy leaves.. They can be planted in soil at the bottom of the pond up to 30cm deep by pushing the roots into the soil and weighing down with a stone.. Use a planting basket to plant deep water plants.. All our 1-litre and above deep water plants and water lilies are supplied ready planted in a high-quality planting basket so can be put straight into the pond.. As a general rule when potting up put dwarf lilies ( Pygmaea ) into 2-litre baskets, small lilies in 3.5 or 5 litre baskets, medium lilies into 5 or 10 litre baskets and large lilies into 10 or 30 litre baskets – see individual plant details on the website.. If the pond is too deep, or it is a man-made pond with little soil or silt in the bottom then they should be planted in planting baskets at the correct depth: fill up a 1-litre basket with soil, tap it a few times to remove any air pockets, then poke a large hole in the soil with a dibber or your fingers.. Now firm the soil around them, adding a good layer of aquatic gravel.. Whilst Starwort can grow in depths up to 60cm we recommend that initially it is planted very shallow so basket is just below the water line and the foliage is floating on the water as this will encourage it to root into the soil in the basket.. For man-made ponds which have been filled with soil or have soil margins the level of water will remain more constant but the water level may need topping up in hot weather.

    Each plant variety you order from us will arrive wrapped in damp paper and packed in a plastic bag or tub with an identifying label. Unpack your plant as soon as possible after arrival by cutting off the plastic outer covering, carefully easing the plant out, and removing the paper (taking care to keep the right label

    Unpack your plant as soon as possible after arrival by cutting off the plastic outer covering, carefully easing the plant out, and removing the paper (taking care to keep the right label with the right plant).. If you are planting a bog garden, if you have put soil on the base of your pond, or if you are lucky enough to have a natural pond, you can simply plant your plant straight into the ground as you would any garden plant.. Most pond plants appreciate plenty of room for their roots, and will grow well when planted out like this.. Hold the plant around its root ball or, for bare-root plants, at the base of the growing point (the growing point is the bit where the shoots and leaves emerge, also called the crown) and carefully fill the hole with soil, firming it up as you go.. If your natural soil is very poor, consider filling the hole back in with shop-bought aquatic soil rather than your own soil – this gives the plant a pocket of better soil to help it establish.. If you are not planting straight into the ground you will usually be potting your plant.. Small marginal plants, oxygenators, and miniature waterlilies can be started in pots of around 1 litre capacity, while larger marginal plants and other waterlilies are best started in pots of 2 to 5 litre capacity.. Place the plant in the pot; if it is a bare-root plant, spread its roots out with your hand.. Hold the plant around its root ball or, for bare-root plants, at the base of the growing point (the growing point is the bit where the shoots and leaves emerge, also called the crown).. With bare-root plants, make sure the plant’s growing point is just above the soil level when you have finished.

    How To Plant Pond Plants The first thing that you want to do when your plants arrive is to remove them from the plastic bags they arrive in and keep the plants wet and out of the sunlight. Put the plants in trays of pond water in the shade to re-hydrate them until you can plant them. The soil that you use can be out of your flower or vegetable garden. Heavy soil with some clay base is good to use. Stay away from commercial potting soils as they are too light and will float out of the pot. Clay kitty litter mixed with some sand will also work, if clay is not available in your area of the country. You can use any pot that you have for planting your water plants. If the pots have holes in them, line the bottom of the pot with burlap or newspaper. A wider pot is preferred to a tall and narrow one. Most bog plants will work in 2 to 3 gallon pots. Lilies do best if they have more room, so a 2 to 5 gallon pot is desired for them. To prepare the soil, mix the soil with water from the pond to make a nice thick mud. Then fill the pot that you have chosen to about 2” from the top with your mud mix. Newly potted pond plants can be placed at shallow depths until they become established. Also keep water lilies away from waterfalls and fountains as they like still water. Following are specific directions for the type of water plant that you are planting. Planting Hardy Water Lilies Place the hardy water lily tuber at a 45 degree angle with the non-growing end against the side of the pot. Add several tablets of Highland Rim Fertilizer tablets (1 tablet per gallon of soil). Place tablets right in front of the crown (where the leaves and roots connect) of the tuber. Lilies are heavy feeders and should be fertilized once a month after planting. Be careful that the fertilizer is not touching the roots as this will burn them. Press the soil around the roots being careful not to cover the crown of the plant. Add a layer of gravel over the soil, again being careful not to cover the crown. It is better to plant lilies too high, than to plant them too deep. We like to use gravel that is about ½” in diameter, although rinsed pea gravel will also work. Gravel helps keep the soil in the pot and also keeps the fish from digging in the soil. Hardy lilies go to the bottom of the pond 18” to 36” deep. Some of the smaller varieties can be 12” deep. Planting Tropical Water Lilies Tropical Water lilies are shipped “bare-root” with 3 to 6 leaves and sometimes buds and flowers on them, although these may die back during the transplanting, but will immediately start sending up new leaves and buds. Keep the newly delivered plants wet and out of the sun. Tropical water lilies should be planted in 2 to 7 gallon pots. A larger container will produce larger and more profuse flowering. Fill the container about half-way with a heavy clay based soil. Place the tuber and roots upright in the center of the pot. Fill and firm the soil around the roots leaving the crown (where the stems and roots connect) level with the soil line. Add 1 fertilizer tablet per gallon of soil, keeping them away from the roots. Top with an inch of pea gravel or larger size gravel to hold the soil in place, remembering to keep away from the crown of the plant. At this point you can gently rinse the newly potted plant to lessen the mud escaping as you lower the potted lily into the pond. Lower the potted lily to a depth of approximately 6”-8"over the crown. Once the lily is established it can be lowered to a depth of 12” -18”. Tropical water lilies cannot tolerate temperatures below 65 degrees and should not be planted until the water temperatures reach 70 degrees. Planting too early can cause dormancy or worse yet – death. Lilies are heavy feeders and should be fertilized every 4 weeks with 1 fertilizer tablet per gallon of soil throughout the growing season.Tropical waterlilies usually require at least 8 hours of sun. Some morning shade will not affect them, as long as the stronger afternoon sun will still reach the plant. Blue tropical lilies will grow and flower well, even if they do not receive a full day of sunshine. Tropical water lilies can safely be placed outdoors when the water temperatures are a consistent 70 degrees. Placing the tropical waterlilies outside too soon may shock the plant, causing the plant to return to dormancy or possibly killing the lily. Tropical water lilies can winter outdoors in warmer climates where water temperatures do not fall below 60 degrees. Tropical water lilies that are marked as "Viviparous" will tolerate cooler water temperatures and bloom later into the fall months. Planting Bog Plants Plant these as you would tropical lilies, again making sure that you don’t cover the crown of the plant. Most of the bog plants that we sell come in 2” net pots. Care should be taken when removing the plants from these pots. Bog plants should only be in water deep enough to cover the pot. Planting Water Lotus We have a GREAT SELECTION of Lotus this year. Each lotus tuber has multiple growing tips. Lotus are available March thru June. Order early. You can preorder first of the year and we will ship per USDA zone. All our lotus are shipped as tubers. Lotus are easy to grow providing you follow the planting instructions and fertilize monthly and they are voracious eaters. Warmth is essential to growing the lotus, keeping the tuber too cold may cause the tuber to rot before it takes root. We recommend that you float your lotus tuber in aged pond water in a warm sunny place before planting. Keeping a watchful eye on it though, so it does not rot. This allows the tuber to sprout and will increase your success in growing lotus. When your lotus is ready to plant fill up your 5 to 10 gallon pot with 6” of mud. The 20”x6”, 22”x12”x7”, or the 23”x10” pots that we sell are ideal for lotus as they are not deep, but long enough to give your lotus ample room. Gently set the tuber on the surface of the mud, embed it slightly in the mud, then weigh it down with stones, this will prevent the tuber from floating out of the dirt until the roots have developed. Be careful to only embed the tuber, burying it in the mud can cause it to rot. The lotus will then basically plant itself, turning downward into the mud mixture and then growing as it should. Lotus are very heavy feeders but should not be fertilized until they have put up two or three leaves. After they have set leaves they should be given 1 or 2 tablets of Highland Rim Fertilizer Tablets per gallon of soil. Choose a sunny spot for your lotus away from flowing water. Start the lotus in shallow water moving it deeper as it matures. 6” to 12” below the waters surface is ideal. CARING FOR FLOATING POND PLANTS Floating plants such as water lettuce, water hyacinths, frog bit, azolla and duckweed do not need to be planted. Simply place them in the pond to float. When you first remove your water lettuce from the bag it is wise to float it in a container of pond water in the shade to rehydrate its leaves before putting out in the hot sun. It has used the moisture stored in its leaves on the trip to you and if it is simple tossed into the pond in the hot sun, the sun will fry the leaves turning them brown and crispy. SUBMERGED WATER PLANTS Submerged, oxygenating plants such as anacharis, hornwort, cabomba, vallisneria and red ludwigia can be weighted and they simply sink to the bottom of the pond. We sell the lead weights and they are simple to use. Just wrap the weight around the base of the bunch of plants and toss them into your pond. Submerged plants may also be potted with pea gravel to hold them in place. They should be completely submerged to a depth of at least 12 inches. FAIRY GARDENS If your interested in fairy gardens we have a large supply of fairies, fairy accessories and houses.  We found there were a lot of customers who have ponds that also enjoy fairy gardens so we contacted a couple suppliers and are able to bring the products to our customers.  Since these would cause damage to plants when shipping we created a different site for them.  They are ordered separate from Dragonfly Aquatics on Flybynightfairygardens.com.  Enjoy!

    Put the plants in trays of pond water in the shade to re-hydrate them until you can plant them.. You can use any pot that you have for planting your water plants.. Following are specific directions for the type of water plant that you are planting.. It is better to plant lilies too high, than to plant them too deep.. Tropical water lilies should be planted in 2 to 7 gallon pots.. At this point you can gently rinse the newly potted plant to lessen the mud escaping as you lower the potted lily into the pond.. Tropical water lilies cannot tolerate temperatures below 65 degrees and should not be planted until the water temperatures reach 70 degrees.. Placing the tropical waterlilies outside too soon may shock the plant, causing the plant to return to dormancy or possibly killing the lily.. Plant these as you would tropical lilies, again making sure that you don’t cover the crown of the plant.. Bog plants should only be in water deep enough to cover the pot.. We recommend that you float your lotus tuber in aged pond water in a warm sunny place before planting.. Floating plants such as water lettuce, water hyacinths, frog bit, azolla and duckweed do not need to be planted.

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    In this article, we will explore the best plant species for outdoor ponds, including species that are suitable for beginners, flowering species, floating species, those which are suitable for koi ponds, and many more.. Water Smartweed should be planted in muddy substrates in shallow water regions of your Koi pond where it can absorb essential nutrients .. As with all floating species, Water Chestnut blocks light from the sun which helps prevent algae growth and provides shelter for small water creatures and their young.. Propagation of Water Chestnut occurs when the plant produces small vegetables which sink to the water substrate and begin the cycle all over again.. The Water Lettuce , also known as the Water Cabbage is a green floating plant that looks like the vegetables after which it is named.

    PLANTING & CARE INSTRUCTIONS IMPORTANT PLEASE READ IMMEDIATELY TO ENSURE THE LIVE GUARANTEE When you first receive your new plants, they may seem a bit dehydrated, having used their stored moisture during shipping. Remove the plants from the bag immediately, float the plants in a shady area of the pond or put them

    Remove the plants from the bag immediately, float the plants in a shady area of the pond or put them in trays of pond water in the shade.. We carry planting containers and fish safe fertilizer for you to plant your water plants or you can use any container that you already have, if it is the recommended size for the plant.. For vigorous fast growth and more flowers on snowflakes, sensitive plant, water poppy and similar plants, they can be planted.. PLANTING BOG MARGINAL POND PLANTS: Plant bog plants as you would tropical water lilies, again making sure you don't cover the crown of the plant.. Bog Plants after being planted in their new pots prefer moist soil until established and should only be in water deep enough to keep the soil moist.. LOTUS POND PLANTS: Lotus prefer to be planted (outdoors only in full sun) once water temperatures are consistently 60 degrees or warmer when planted.. If you receive your lotus before water temperatures are warm enough to plant in your zone - Simply store your lotus tuber in its’ original packaging, in the refrigerator until it is warm enough to plant outside.

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