General Care

CARING FOR YOUR AQUATIC PLANTS

HARDY WATERLILIES

Hardy Waterlilies will grace your pond with beautiful flowers and floating pads providing color from May thru September, year after year. They are frost-tolerant, perinnials, hardy in zones 3-10.

For best results provide the following: Full Sun-Or as much direct sunlight as possible. Lilies will grow and flower in lower light areas, though they will not bloom and thrive as well. At least 5 hours of direct sunlight daily is considered optimum. Still water-Lilies will tolerate some slight movement or rippling, though the calmer the better. Plant-in heavy topsoil or Aquatic Planting Media in a Lilypons Planting Container. Cover soil with a thin layer of gravel after planting. Fertilize regularly-with Lilytabs, aquatic plant fertilizer. Place/ grow in pond-allowing 6 to 18" of water over the soil or media. Thoroughly prune-all dead, old leaves and spent (finished) blossoms, weekly at a minimum. Consider using a Pruning Tool . Divide the rhizome and re-plant-every one to three years. The frequency is based on plant variety and container size. Lilies with odorata-type rhizome (see listings) bloom best with annual re-planting. Deter any potential predators-which include muskrats, nutria, beaver, ducks, geese, swans, deer, crayfish, cattle, fish over 8" long, and turtles.

The rewards will be: Spectacular flowers-some that float gently on the water surface, and others that stand proudly several inches above the floating foliage. Each blossom lasts 3 to 4 days, opening mid-morning and closing in the late afternoon. Floating leaves or "pads"-some with beautiful markings, provide shade for fish and help reduce unwanted algae growth. The average lily covers 6 to 10 square feet of surface area, and Lilypons reccomends covering 50-70% of the overall pond surface. Additional waterlilies- every one to four years, dependent on the variety. New plants are easily retrieved from the rhizome during re-planting.

TROPICAL WATERLILIES

Beyond thier extraordinary beauty, Tropical Waterlilies bring a myriad of attributes to any water garden. No other pond plant can rival the the sheer numbers of flowers, the vibrancy of color, or sweet aromas these beauties provide! Flower colors cover the entire spectrum, including blue or purples, not found in the Hardy Waterlilies. The stunning blooms are held proudly, several inches above the waters surface all summer long, then well into the fall when all other pond plants begin to go dormant. Many varieties feature dazzling leaves as well, and some "viviparous" types produce small plantlets in the center of each floating pad. Tropical Lilies require 70F water temperature to grow and flower, and may revert to a dormant state in cooler temperatures. Consider a Pond Thermometer to check the water temperature. Plant in a heavy topsoil with some clay, or Aquatic Planting Media , with no light additives. A 17.5 qt. planting container is ideal, though many will grow in a 7.5 qt.. Plant in a 30 qt. or 48 qt. container for maximun size/spread. For optimum results fertilize regularly with Lilytabs Grow with 10-18" of water over the soil, in as much sun as possible, and place in calmer water of the pond. Thoroughly prune all dead, old leaves and spent (finished) blossoms, weekly at a minimum. Consider using a Lily Prune tool.

*Lilypons can supply actively growing, even flowering Tropical Lilies on a limited basis year round. Call 1-800-999-5459 to inquire about availabilty for greenhouse or show use in the off season.

HARDY BOG PLANTS

Hardy Bog Plants may be either vertical-such as iris, cattails, pickerel rush or surface covering such as creeping jenny, water clover or parrots feather. Several have attractive blooms, though many feature striking foliage. Some have uniquely textured leaves and stems; others provide a bold "architectural" statement. All these plants provide a beautiful accent and like very shallow water. Plant in heavy topsoil or Aquatic Planting Media , then cover soil/media with a layer of gravel, fertilize as needed with Lilytabs . Divide the root system and re-plant every 1-3 seasons. All varieties will grow in 7.5 qt. and larger containers . Some (where noted) will grow in 3.5 qt., (or larger) containers. Larger containers provide larger plants and less frequent transplanting. Smaller containers somewhat restrict plant size and require more frequent transplanting. These plants prefer shallow water so remember to provide proper planting depth. Buy three hardy bogs of the same variety and get the fourth free! Certain states prohibit the shipment of specific varieties of bog plants. Check plant listings here or call 1-888-999-5459 for more information.

TROPICAL BOG PLANTS

Tropical Bog Plants add an "exotic flair" to your water garden. Many have bold, beautiful foliage and some produce gorgeous flowers. Like the Hardy Bogs, they vary in growth habit from fully upright to horizontal spreading to floating-leaf. Grow them in shallow water with visual consideration to surrounding plants. All varieties grow in 7.5 qt.or larger planting containers. Some, (where noted) will grow in 3.5 qt., or larger planting containers. Larger containers produce larger plants and require less frequent transplanting. Smaller containers somewhat restrict plant size and will require more frequent transplanting. Plant in heavy topsoil or Aquatic Planting Media, and fertilize as needed with Lilytabs, aquatic plant fertilizer. These plants prefer shallow water so remember to provide proper planting depth. Buy three tropical bogs of the same variety and get the fourth free! Certain states prohibit the shipment of specific varieties of bog plants. Check the plant listing or call 1-800-999-5459 for up-to-date information.

LOTUS

From miniature varieties less than three feet high to majestic wonders towering over all, a Lotus is sure to make an impact in your pond or even on your patio! With a fragrance often described as haunting, mysterious, or exotic, no pond is truly complete without at least one lotus.

All Lotus are winter hardy perennials and grow in zones 4 to 11, except the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Order Early- Lotus tubers can only ship in March & April, due to the fact they will only plant/ re-plant sucsessfully during these months. In order for a lotus tuber to grow, there must be a viable, unbroken growth tip.. All Lotus Prefer Full sun (5-6 hour daily minimum). -Prefer shallow water (2 to 6" over soil); consider this and provide the proper growing depth. - Prefer relatively calm water -Prefer heavy topsoil and ample planting container space. The 30 qt. or 48 qt. are ideal for any lotus. Small to medium lotuses will grow in 19 qt. or 17.5 qt. containers as well. -Prefer regular fertilization with Lilytabs,aquatic plant fertilizer for optimum blooming. Note: Allow freshly planted tuber to establish and produce some floating pads before the start of fertilizing. -Prefer root division/ transplanting every 2 to 4 years. All Lotus produce incredible flowers for a 6 to 8 week (or longer) period in mid-summer. After 3 days flower petals begin dropping to reveal the strong, distinctive seed pod.

All aquatic plants are priced bareroot and are intended for use in enclosed bodies of water. Check with your local extension agency prior to adding any aquatic plants to a non-closed enviroment.