| Where Happiness Grows
At The Pond
Plant Girl, we believe that happiness and doing what you love goes
hand-in-hand. I am here to help you be successful growing your
water garden plants. From cold growing zones 3 to hot growing
zones 10, you can grow beautiful pond plants including water lilies,
water lotus, and other blooming pond plants. Browse my store and buy more pond plants to begin your garden today!
Marginal Pond Plants are Best for You?
Pond Plants are aquatic plants that are generally upright (not a lily
or lotus) and grow in very shallow water from a couple inches to
12" inch deep water.
To the left is an image of some
marginal pond plants I recently shipped to California. Plants are
packaged in damp
wrapping and plastic and shipped by Priority Mail. All marginal
pond plants listed in my store are easy to grow and care for.
Most all marginals can be wintered over indoors. Most are very hardy
and often will survive the winter outdoors depending on your climate. Good beginner marginal
pond plants are: Water Iris, Pennywort, Pickerel Rush,
Rain Lily, & Water Canna
| Water Lily
Every flower is a
little different. This has been the popular and highly coveted water
lily for the past 3 years. Strikingly variegated
flower of orangy pink, finely striated and speckled with yellow. It has
salmon-pink petals streaked with white/cream, variegation never before
seen in a hardy waterlily.
Wanvisa a fantastic bloomer grower with pads heavily speckled with
deep bronze and bright green. Its vigorous and compact growth habits
make it a good choice for most water gardens. Wanvisa was winner of the
2010 IWGS Best New Water Lily of the Year award and also winner of
their Collector’s Aquatic Plants of the Year for 2011. The Wanvisa
Hardy Lily can be planted in depths 12-15" over the crown
and prefers 6-8 hours of direct sunlight.
NATION: Saving the Planet One Frog at A Time
Nation is my new fun Facebook group that is all a frogs, frog care, and
frog factoids. Learn about frogs all over the planet and in your
backyard too. Post your own frog pics with friends and save the
planet one frog at a time! Come and Join Us! Afterall,
"You'll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut." Dr. Suess
|You can Build a Floating Pond Plant Light
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
freezing temperatures. You can setup an aquarium for your
floating plants for under $25. It's easy! Learn how you can do
| Water Lily and Lotus
If you are just
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.
|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