Get Your Aquatic Plants Off To A Great Start With Landon Aquatic Fertilizer!
Get your aquatic plants off to a great start! Landon Aquatic Fertilizer is one of the best, if not THE best aquatic fertilizer on the market for aquatic plants. It was developed by the world renowned horticulturist and hybridizer, Ken Landon (also the Director for the International Waterlily Collection in San Angelo, Texas). The granular formula uses a binary system to deliver the nutrients you plant needs to obtain exceptional results. The nutrient breakdown is as follows:
- Total Nitrogen 12%
- Phosphate 30%
- Potash 08%
- Calcium 04%
- Sulfur 05%
- Boron .07%
- Copper .11%
- Manganese .39%
- Zinc .22%
Landon's Granular Fertilizer uses organic and inorganic ingredients that will give you amazing results! We recommend that you plant your aquatic plants in heavy loam soil.
Please note: This is an extremely hot fertilizer and we advise you to follow the dosing directions carefully.
This fertilization method should last for 60-90 days
For both Professional use as well as the pond owner, the recommended dosage is a follows:
Professional Maximum Strength Dosage 90 days 2.5 oz. fertilizer to 1 gal. soil
This ratio is used to increase soil mass or pot size on completely undisturbed rooted, potted waterlilies for best results.
Full Strength 60 Days 2.0 oz. fertilizer to 1 gal soil
This ratio is used for waterlily repotting, using uprooted or recently dug plants with minor to extensive root injury.
General Purpose Strength 45 Days 1.5 oz. fertilizer to 1 gal. soil
This ratio is used for waterlily repotting with the emphasis on germinating tropical tubers from resting state as well as including germinating waterlily rhizomes.
Seedling Starter Mix 1.0 oz. Fertilizer to 1 gal. soil
Marginal Mix Strength 0 .5 oz. Fertilizer to 1 gal. soil
Professional, Full and General Purpose Strength Ratio are enhanced and we recommend that you use this ratio in the lower 75% of the planting container. The top 25% of the soil should be undressed (without fertilizer). Optimum results are achieved when water temperatures are from 60-90 degrees.
Landon Fertilizer allows the professional grower as well as the water gardener to obtain spectacular results.When using this fertilizer, we recommend that you combine the appropriate amount of fertilizer with soil and fill your container 3/4 full. Add your tuber and cover with unfertilized soil (to keep your tuber from directly touching the hot fertilizer in the bottom of the container). Gently place your container in the pond.
All waterlilies needing additional fertilization should either be repotted with Professional or Full strength ratios, envelopes of Landon Granular Fertilizer can be slipped into existing pots by cutting a piece of newspaper in a 10" x 10" square, and placing a Tablespoon or two of Landon Fertilizer in the center of the 10" x 10" newspaper, folding it into the shape of an envelope and sliding it down the inside of the pot between the dirt and side of the container (the newspaper will disintegrate and the plant will be able to feed off of the fertilizer when the roots run around the pot) OR follow up with Waterlily World POND TABBS + Humates as per manufacturer's instructions. Waterlily World Pond Tabbs are convenient and easy to use, simply press the tablet into the soil at the top of the pot, being careful not to push into the roots of the plant. Waterlily World Pond Tabbs + Humates have the NPK ratio that plants need for vigorous growth and best bloom!
What Is Loam Soil?
Loam soil is a good mixture of Topsoil and Sand
If you are lucky enough to have good topsoil in your backyard, by all means, use your topsoil. All you will have to do is add fertilizer. If you are not so lucky--and your backyard is sand or heavy red or yellow clay, you can mix up a batch of loam soil.
You can create your own loam soil by mixing these two ingredients together
- 2/3 Inorganic Topsoil (Little or no organic material added)
- 1/3 Pool Filter Sand
Mix together thoroughly with a little water. Your soil should clump when squeezed. If your soil is mixed properly, it will not muddy your pond water.
You can purchase inexpensive bags of inexpensive / poor Topsoil at Lowes or Home-Depot. Good soil clumps together as a ball in your hand with only a little moisture.
Don't buy brands like Scott's or Miracle-Gro, as they will contain too much organic matter that can foul your water. Buy an unbranded bag of topsoil instead.
You can purchase Pool Filter Sand at any store that sells pool supplies.
Loam soil is well suited for all aquatic plants (except oxygenators). Oxygenators rarely need to be planted, just anchored in the substrate or in a container filled with sand or 1/8 inch pea gravel.
Sand holds little water but does allow for aeration and drainage.
Some DO's and DON'TS regarding Aquatic Planting Soil
DO NOT use potting soils ( as they are too light and will float right out of the pot). Potting Soil has organic material that will rot and foul your water!
DO NOT add too much composted material (as it is too rich in organic matter and it will ferment underwater and destroy the ecology of your pond).
DO NOT use 100% calcined clay as there is no nutritional value in calcined clay.
DO NOT add rocks, stones or pebbles to the top of your planting container as this will inhibit the growth of your plants. 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 or most other pond plants. They are suitable for submerged grasses ONLY!