Great for Smaller Lotus or Medium-Large Waterlily! 16 wide x 7 inches deep, Water Lily Planting Container
Note these pots are expensive due to the shipping cost we recommend looking at places like Tractor Supply Company or Rural King in the Animal Feed section for a better deal on similar containers at much better prices.
Planting Container for waterlilies is 16 inches x 7 inches deep and provides the best performance for waterlilies and small lotus. This container is the correct width for rhizomes to produce multiple flowers. Note we cannot ship one pot as it costs more to ship the large box than the cost of the container.
We recommend that you use heavy loam soil to grow your water garden plants.
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!
- You can use this soil mixture for all of your aquatic plants in the pond from waterlilies to lotus and everything in between!
We always recommend that you fertilize your aquatic plants with Landon's Granular Fertilizer or Waterlily World Pond Tabs + Humates. These products get your plants off to a terrific start! These products will also keep your plants growing and blooming all season long!