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Aquatic Planting & Growing Instructions

New Video on planting in a 16 wide x 7 inch pot w/ Ken Landon Director of the International Waterlily Collection. The wider the pot the more blooms and less often the need to re-pot. This video we divide an overgrown lily and repot it correctly (in the proper size planting container

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(Annuals) Buying Day and night blooming- tropical water lilies: should be planted in pots at least 10" in diameter (a smaller container will result in a smaller plant). 2-7 Gallon pots are good for tropical lilies. Add 2-4 fertilizer tablets, then continue to fill the pot to about 1 inch from the top. The tuber should be set upright with the roots buried gently in top soil or heavy soil (NOT potting soil). Make sure the tip of the tuber is not buried. Next, add an half inch of pea gravel or lava rock in order to prevent the soil from escaping from the container. Use lava rock if koi uproot your plants. Remember to keep the gravel away from the crown of the tuber. The plant can now be lowered into the water to a depth of approximately 6-8 inches over the crown of the water lily. As the plant grows, it can be lowered to a depth of 12-18 inches. tropical water lilies cannot tolerate cold temperatures and should not be planted until the water temperature reaches at least 70 degrees. Planting too early can cause dormancy and restrict the potential growth of the plant. Tropicals bloom from late spring through early fall, depending on the weather. Fertilizer tablets should be added every 3-4 weeks.
Hardy Water Lilies (Perennial)
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Buying Hardy water lilies: planted in much the same way as the tropicals using a heavy topsoil / clay and 2-3 fertilizer tablets. Hardy lilies grow horizontally across the container so a wide pot is necessary for planting (a 14 or 16 inch pot is the best container). 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. Top with an half inch of pea gravel or lava rock. The plant can be lowered to a depth of 6-12 inches to begin with, and then lowered to a depth of 12 - 24 inches as the plant grows. Hardy lilies should be planted in early spring and should be fertilized every 2-4 weeks. They bloom from May through September depending on the weather, and become dormant during the colder months. As spring approaches, growth will begin again.
Hardy Lotus (Perennial)
Buying Lotus: come in several sizes from dwarf types that will grow in a three or four gallon container to the standards which are better off in a fifteen to thirty gallon container. Fill the container with the same soil that you would use for a water lily and fertilize with 4-6 tabs of tablet fertilizer per gallon of soil. Place the tuber with the cut portion against the edge of the potting container. Place a stone on the tuber to hold it in place and add more soil but do not cover the growing point. Cover only with a couple of inches of water until the plant is growing well and then it can be lowered to several inches of water over the pot. Standard lotus that are planted in too small of a container will not bloom well. After the lotus are well established they can be fertilized every month during the growing season. Lotus are hardy and should come back year after year.
Hardy Shallow Water Plants & Tropical Shallow Water Plants
When purchasing marginal pond plants arrive they should be planted in individual containers of approximately ( 10 x 6 to 12 x 7 inch plastic pots). Plant as you would the lilies in a heavy soil, but when adding fertilizer tablets, use 1-2 tablets for each gallon of soil. These plants should be fertilized about every 3-4 weeks. Marginal plants should be lowered to a depth of only 1-3 inches. They grow out of the water and are usually found at the water's edge.