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Lorie
Muncy, PA
(Zone 5a)

April 10, 2001
5:57 PM

Post #3487

I am getting ready to repot one of my waterlilies. Do I need a deep pot or can I use an oblong plastic pot that is 3 1/2" by 14"? Thanks for any information.

Terry

Terry
Murfreesboro, TN
(Zone 7a)


April 10, 2001
8:12 PM

Post #67041

Lorie, it's 3 1/2" deep by 14" wide? That should be an okay size although 3 1/2" isn't very deep. You'll notice most pond plant containers are no deeper than they are wide, and are often fairly shallow relative to their width.

You want a plant to fairly quickly fill up the container with roots, so don't plant it in a container that is excessively large compared to the tuber.

I recently came across a great website with detailed planting instructions for water lilies. Let me see if I can find it, and if so I'll post the link back here. Just remember to use clay soil and work in some fertilizer while you're at it; no soilless mix, or any component - peat, vermiculite or perilite - unless you want it floating on top of your pond ;0)

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