How to Plant Water Lilies in a Pond

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Water lilies must be planted in a pond in a very specific way. Learn how to plant water lilies in a pond with help from the pond department manager at a nursery in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Shane with Glover Nursery here in West Jordan, Utah. Today, we're going to talk about how to plant a water lily in your pond. When you pot a water lily, a few things to remember is the container size, the soil, fertilizer. You want to use a really, a wide container. You're not worried about the depth of the container so much as the width and the soil media you use is going to be a heavy soil like a topsoil or a clay soil. You don't want to use a potting soil that has a lot of peat moss or compost or organic matter in there. Those types of things just end up fouling your pond water. You're going to want to fertilize that water lily because they are heavy feeders. Initially when you first pot the tuber, you don't want to place those tablets all the way around the pot, just mainly next to the tuber until it's able to root out and develop a larger rhizome. Also when you're done potting that water lily, you're going to want to cover the top of the soil with some sort of a pea gravel or a sand, that way the soil is not going to leech out of the pot and it's also going to help keep the fish from digging into the pot. When you place the water lily in the pond you want to do it slowly. The reason you want to go slowly is you don't want to dislodge that tuber. The tuber hasn't developed a lot of roots yet and is not able to anchor itself properly. The tuber is buoyant so you want to make sure that you are lowering that pot in slowly. You don't want to have to do this process all over again. Again, I'm Shane with Glover Nursery in West Jordan, Utah. We've just talked about planting a water lily in your pond.

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