How to plant a waterlily

Potting a waterlily really is as easy potting any other plant, in this guide we will show you how to get the best results.

1. Select the right pot

Find a mesh basket with plenty of space for you plants to spread, waterlilies are vigorous growers and if you use too small a pot size you will end up needing to repot much sooner.

2. Line your pot with hessian

Line a mesh basket with hessian – this helps prevent soil from leaching into the pond water.

3. Add some soil and fertiliser

Fill about half the basket with soil, we recommend a loam or clay based compost which will help lock nutrients into the root zone of the plant

Waterlilies are heavy feeders, to promote root growth and for a strong and healthy plant add some fertiliser to the soil. Place this in the centre as you want to keep it in the root zone, if it is near the edge it can leach into the pond water and cause algae to grow.

4. Place your waterlily in the pot

Position your plant(s) in place. The growing point with all the stems is the direction the waterlily will spread, so put the end without any growth near the corner of the pot so the growing point has space to spread across the pot. If your rhizome has a lot of fleshy roots these can be spread over the layer of soil.

5. Fill the pot

Fill around the roots with more soil. Take care not to bury the growing point of the plant, which should be exposed just above the surface of the soil. It is recommended to water the soil in before placing in the pond, this will help prevent soil leaching into the pond water.

6. Add a layer of gravel (optional)

Cover the soil with approximately 15mm of lime-free, washed, pea-gravel. If you have fish or wildlife in the pond this can help prevent the soil being disturbed and making the water cloudy.