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Container Gardening 101: How to Successfully Grow Water Lilies

Do you dream of having a serene water lily pond in your backyard, but don't have the space or resources to make it happen? Look no further than container gardening! In this comprehensive guide, we will show you how to successfully grow water lilies in containers or as a patio pond, bringing the beauty and tranquility of these aquatic plants right to your doorstep.

Container gardening has gained significant popularity in recent years, and for good reason. It allows gardeners of all levels of expertise to cultivate a wide variety of plants in small spaces. Whether you have a balcony, patio, or even just a windowsill, you can create a stunning water lily display to transform your living area into a peaceful oasis.

From choosing the right container and soil to planting and maintenance tips, we will cover everything you need to know to ensure your water lilies thrive. We'll even provide guidance on how to choose the perfect water lily variety for your specific conditions.

Get ready to dive into the world of container gardening and bring the beauty of water lilies into your life. Let's get started!


Benefits of growing water lilies in containers

Growing water lilies in containers offers several advantages over traditional pond planting. Firstly, it allows you to have a water lily garden even if you don't have a large outdoor space or access to a pond. Containers can be placed on balconies, terraces, or any suitable outdoor area. Secondly, container gardening provides greater control over the environment, making it easier to maintain the ideal conditions for water lilies to thrive. Finally, containers can be moved around, allowing you to experiment with different locations and create the perfect focal point in your outdoor living space.


Choosing the right container for water lilies

Grow water lilies in potsWhen choosing the right container for your water lilies, there are a few key factors to consider.

Water lilies require a spacious container to grow and spread their roots. Look for a container that is at least 40cm deep. This will provide enough space for the water lilies to grow and develop a healthy root system. It's important to choose a container made of a material that is durable and can withstand constant exposure to water. Plastic, fiberglass, and concrete containers are all suitable options.

Make sure that your pot or container is sealed (you can do this yourself if required) and that any drainage holes are sealed using a pond safe bonding material.


Selecting the perfect location for your water lily container garden

Water lilies thrive in full sun, so it's important to choose a location that receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight every day. Avoid placing the containers in areas that are shaded or receive only partial sunlight, as this can hinder the growth and flowering of the water lilies. If you live in a hot climate, it's worth considering placing the containers in a spot that receives some shade during the hottest part of the day to prevent the water from overheating.

Another factor to consider when selecting the location is the depth of the water. Water lilies require a minimum depth of 30cm to grow and spread their leaves on the surface. If you are using a shallow container, you can place it on a raised platform or use bricks to elevate it in a larger basin of water.


Preparing the container and planting the water lilies

PondMAX Round Lily Planting Basket

Before planting your water lilies, it's essential to prepare the container properly. Start by filling the container with a loamy planting mix.

Use a lily planting basket, you can line this with newspaper initially to prevent the soild from falling through the basket. This will provide the necessary nutrients and ensure good drainage. Fill the container about three-quarters full, leaving enough space for the water lilies and water. Check out our range of water lily growing baskets and pots here.

When planting the water lilies, gently place the corms into the potting mix.  Gently press the soil around the roots to secure the water lilies in place. Finish off by placing some small river pebbles over the top. Once planted, slowly fill the container with water until it reaches the desired depth.


Caring for water lilies in containers - water, sunlight, and fertiliser requirements

Water lilies have specific water, sunlight, and fertiliser requirements to ensure healthy growth and abundant blooms. Here are some essential care tips for your water lilies in containers:

-Avoid strong water features: Water lilies don't like having their leaves splashed or sprayed. If your pond or water garden has a water fountain in it, make sure that the flow rate is set to a low setting and place your lily away from any direct splashing.

- Water: Water lilies are aquatic plants and require a constant water supply. Keep the water level in the container consistent, ensuring it covers the crown of the water lilies. If the water level drops, add more water to maintain the proper depth.

- Sunlight: As mentioned earlier, water lilies thrive in full sun. Make sure your container garden receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day. If necessary, adjust the position of the containers to maximize sun exposure.

- Fertiliser: Water lilies are heavy feeders and benefit from regular feeding. Use a slow-release fertiliser specifically formulated for aquatic plants such as our Pond Plantz Time Release Fertilizer . Follow the manufacturer's instructions for application rates and frequency. Avoid overfertilising, as this can lead to excessive algae growth and harm the water lilies.


Final tips for successful container gardening with water lilies

Container gardening offers a convenient and versatile way to grow water lilies and bring the beauty of these aquatic plants into your life. By choosing the right container, selecting the perfect location, and providing the necessary care, you can create a stunning water lily display that will transform your outdoor living space.

Remember to regularly monitor the water level, ensure adequate sunlight, and fertilise your water lilies to promote healthy growth and vibrant blooms. With a little patience and dedication, you'll soon enjoy the peaceful beauty and serenity that water lilies bring.

So, why wait? Dive into the world of container gardening and start growing your own water lilies today. Your backyard oasis awaits!

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