Beginning Water Gardeners
GARDEN FRIENDS: Fall is right around the corner! This has been an
awesome season, and now it is time to think about how to keep plants
live and healthy throughout the winter months. Coming soon will be a
new and improved hoop house! For small floating plants, think about
building a simple aquarium light box.
The Pond Plant Girl is a family owned
business serving water gardeners since 1999.
Our Mission is to see you
succeed with your water gardening needs. I
will teach you how to grow pond plants in all types of climates,
hot and cold. So welcome to
the garden journey!
You can Build a Floating Pond Plant Light Box
In the cold seasons of the year,
tropical plants especially need
extra care. Some pond
plants (such as frogbit) will
grow just fine with a regular
florescent light and others will
survive outdoors even in
Other more tropical plants need
a little extra help with
lighting, heat, and humidity.
Water hyacinth is one such
plant. You can setup an aquarium for your floating plants for under $25. It's easy! Learn how you can do it too...
New Pricing and New
Pond Plants Available Now!
August is a good
time to buy
while all the water lily plants are nice and large! Most are
12"-15" inches long with growing buds ready to bloom. Prices for
water lily range from $10.95-$19.95 each.
| Water Lily and Lotus
Planting and Care
If you are just getting
started with water lilies and water lotus, I highly recommend that you
DO NOT purchase from seed. Sees are the most difficult way and
most time most unsuccessful way to start lilies and lotus. Most times
seeds are not fertilized and will not grow or bloom. I recommend that
you search Youtube for "How to Pot Water Lily" for video
see my article and video about planting and care.
plants grow well in full sun, while the same plant may grow better in
part sun in a different region. Sometimes it depends on the plant
maturity. Younger plants are more vulnerable to plant burn than a
mature pond plants. Water Lotus, for example, grows better in part sun
when it is a seedling. Plants with dark colored leaves oftentimes get
sun burned, such as this Australia Water Canna. After I moved mine into
part sun, it grew great and even produced flowers.
Cloth: Another option for hot dry climates is to hang a
nursery shade cloth over the pond. The ones sold at the hardware
store are 75% shade, which is too shady. Shade cloth for plants
should be 30%-40% shade and can be purchased online. Not only
will it protect your plants from sunburn, but it will protect your fish
from predatory birds and will help reduce algae growth as well.
if your pond plants are starting to look brown and shabby, try moving
them into a more sheltered part of your garden or hang a shade cloth
overhead. It might be all you need.
Purchasing Bare Root vs. Potted
of the drawbacks with purchasing online is that plants that are shipped
root often struggle to survive and establish. Although potted plants
twice as much, you will also receive a plant that is twice as
will also be hardier and easier to establish into its new garden
environment. Small plants such as parrot feather and anacharis
shipped bare root, but plants such as tall uprights (such as elephant
water iris) are shipped either potted or bare root. Bottom line
it all depends on the weather, climate, and your own comfort level
should choose a bare root plant or a potted plant. Most plants
sold in my
eBay store are bare root, but I all plants sold in my
website store will
|SHADE BLOOMING WATER LILY Info & Care
Shade blooming water lily are actually called night blooming tropical
water lily. This beautiful lily has fragrant flowers that bloom
night long and into the morning hours. Will also boom on cloudy
overcast days. All tropical water lily grows well in climate
9-11. In climate zones 9 and below it is best to remove the lily
the pond (after dormant) and place in cool storage safe from freezing
weather. Tropicals may also remain in-pond if kept in a heated
pot. All potted lilies (hardy and tropical) should be divided and
repotted once per year to prevent overcrowding to prevent plants from
becoming root bound.
Beginning Pond Clean & Clear Without a Filtration System
Easy beginner pond
plants include: floating water
hyacinth, floating water lettuce, pennywort, parrot feather, water
iris, and primrose creeper. The featured pic on the left is water
poppy which is also easy to grow.
Beginning pond plants
require little care,
are easy to winter over. Floating pond plants oxygenate and
clarify the water. All the ponds at The Pond Plant Girl nursery
have no filtration systems and only use floating plants to keep the
water clean and clear. This method works well for ponds up to 200
gallons. Also keep in mind that it takes 1 to 2 seasons for a
brand new pond to have a balanced ecosystem with no algae. This
can also be accomplished by adding good bacteria to the water once per