We recommend planting all plants in pots rather than directly
in the bottom of the pool. This aids in maintenance by making
the containers retrievable, thus making plant care easier. All
of the plants require at least 5 hours of direct sunlight each
day for maximum growth.
Tropical Water Lilies Day
and night blooming - tropical water lilies should be planted
in pots at least 12 inches in diameter. A 3 to 5 gallon size
should suffice for each lily. Fill the pot half full with a
rich garden soil and add 2 to 4 fertilizer tablets, then continue
to fill the pot with soil to about 2 inches from the top. The
rhizome should be set upright with the roots buried gently
in the soil. make sure the tip of the rhizome is not buried.
Next, add an inch or two of gravel or sand in order to prevent
the soil from escaping from the container. Remember to keep
the gravel away from the crown of the rhizome. the plant can
now be lowered into the water to a depth of approximately 6
inches. As the plan grows, it can be lowered to a depth of
12 inches. Tropical lilies cannot tolerate cold temperatures
and should not be planted until the water reaches a temperature
of at least 70 degrees. Planting too early can cause dormancy
and resist the potential growth of the plant. Tropicals bloom
from later spring through early fall, depending on the weather.
Fertilizer tablets should be added every 2 months.
Hardy Water Lilies Hardy lilies are planted in much the same
way as tropicals. Hardies grow horizontally across the container
so a wide pot is necessary for planting. The rhizome should be
planted at one edge of the container with the rhizome planted
at an angle of about 45 degrees with the crown exposed. Remember
to use a rich garden soil and top the soil with an inch or two
of gravel or sand. The plant can be lowered to a depth of 6 inches
to begin with, and then lowered to a depth of 12 to 18 inches
as the plant grows. Hardies should be planted in early spring.
They bloom from June through September depending on the weather,
and become dormant during the colder months. As spring approaches,
growth will begin again.
Marginal or Bog Plants Marginal plants should be planted in
individual containers of approximately 1 to 3 gallon capacity.
Plant as you would the lilies, but when adding fertilizer tablets,
use 1 tablet for 1 gallon size pots and 2 tablets for 2 or 3
gallon size pots. Marginal plants should be lowered to a depth
of only 2 to 3 inches. They grow out of the water and are usually
found at water's edge.
Floating Plants These plants require no planting. Simply place
them in the water and they will grow. Floating plants desire
tropical temperatures and cannot tolerate a frost.
Oxygenating Plants All ponds should have underwater oxygenating
plants to aid in maintaining clean and pure water. These plants
help prevent algae growth and provide oxygen. Oxygenating plants
can be planted as you would the lilies and marginals. A one gallon
size pot if recommended. Completely submerge these plants to
a depth of at least 12 inches