Can anyone tell me of a cheap source for fertilizer tablets? I have probably 40 or more plants that I need to repot & fertilize. They will be too expensive at Lowes. Sharon, Broxton, Ga zone 8(b)?
40 plants are a lot! ^_^
I found that if I have to fertilize every month, it won't get done. I use the year long spikes http://www.fosterandsmithaquatics.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=9528 - I don't know if the costs even out or not between the monthly and the year long fertilizers. I try to buy my supplies in September when they are usually on sale.
My pond is app. 18' x 38'. It is lined with perma-lon. It is shoulder deep on 1 side and knee deep on the waterfall side. I have a 12" deep shelf almost all the way around for plants. I have a major problem with algae. I need a UV light but the expense for 1 that large is too much for me right now. I have a couple of small ones but they are not sufficent. I have more photos on Robin Rudys web site. Thanks for the compliment. Sharon
I buy my fertilzer tablest by the 100 from Texas Water lily 10.00,for pond plants
I bought TWL tabs last year. Only problem is that they literally fall apart in your hands if your hands or fingers are wet. As you push them into the potted plants, they turn to mush. The flowers bloomed nicely but the algae I experienced using them was awful. I have a UV light on my pond as well that is oversized for my pond and a very good brand but the tabs must be feeding that algae. I have also bought the other tabs that Carolyn recommended and they are much harder on the outside and don't fall apart so easily. They also worked very well and less work and mess as you don't have to keep digging in your pond and pulling your plants out. BUT they are more expensive. For me I prefer easy and paying more easily when it means less work and time for me (vacuuming algae out of a pond is a very hard and time consuming as well as exhausting job. . . My pond is 4.5 feet deep and approx. 17 feet by 14 feet. I am starting to forget the size . . . LOL!
only the waterlilys (hardy and tropical) and lotus. The iris do fine on their own with the koi fertilizer . . .
I must have been lucky because the fertilizer tabs I got from TX water lilies hold up fine for me and I fertilize my lotus and tropical lilies every 2 weeks here where the water gets hot and the plants use more food.
If you feed well the plants will get larger, bloom better and cover more of the surface of the water. That alone will help with the algae. I always try for 75% coverage.
Good luck, your pond is beautiful and I envy you all that water to plant in. :-)
Ardesia (interesting user name): There is a huge difference in zones with regards to the h2o lillys. If we don't have a hot summer and a quick start in spring I will not get much in the way of blooms. Algae blooms yes, but limited water lily blooms. I started focusing more on plants that bloom early and often rather than the ones that look fantastic in magazines and pictures. How I wish I could grow a blue tropical in my pond but there just doesn't seem to be enough time for it to grow and bloom before the summer is over.
It must be great living in a 9a zone (better than a 5a zone . . .) your fish must be huge!
LOL, we never have to worry about summer not being hot enough around here. Although, we never thought we would have to worry about a cold winter either and this one proved us wrong.
I just have a tiny pond now but I have had a larger one and yes, I thought the the fish were enormous at around 16".
How about it you started a blue tropical in a bucket; the small amount of water would warm up quickly then you could move it to the pond as the weather warms? I think you need a blue lily. :-)
I've tried it-not worry the expensive or fuss. . . unfortunately. Maybe in my next home I will get a warmer climate zone and a green house. I can dream . . LOL!
you keep dreaming - one never knows. I have already decided how my green house and pond will be in my next house. Have not decided on the type of house yet though. As you said, one can dream....
The absolute best fertilizer tabs for blooming pond plants that I've found is Highland Rim. Note the fertilizer formula: 10-26-10.
The middle number is phosphorus. Phosphorus is necessary for flowers. You will absolutely get more and bigger flowers.
The link below is just one of several sources. Shop around for the best price. Whatever you finally choose, if its flowers you want, you want a high middle number in the fertilizer formula.
When you go to TWL's site it says 100 tabs for $10, but when you go to order them it comes up 50 tabs for $10. Did you buy this year and get 100/$10? Just wondering, cause several of us were going to go together and get a bunch and save on shipping costs, but we really want 100!!!!!
You know you might be right will have to go down and check the bag, i thought their were a hundered but maybe not,like you I have about ten pond contaiers with all types of water lilies hardy and tropical,lotus water iris and ect, it takes a lot of fertilizer if you want additional blooms,sine yuor big in ponding maybe we have different plants you might be intrested in trading,I am trying to get rid of nutria,and possums that keep eating my plants in two half acre ponds,and one salt water pond,so ive kept most all the plants in large fiber glass pots,will get back to you on the amount of tabs,i kinda of think it migt be fifty LOL Hoitider
I like the idea of 100 better!!
I only have one named lily, and a whole bunch of "unidentified" in the pond right now. As soon as they bloom, I'm sticking a tag in them that says what color they are. So far this season, I'm up to 4 white ones!