Water Gardening in a container

maple ridge, Canada

I am a novice gardener. Im in a townhome so we just have
the balcony pots. I was thinking of creating a water garden
this year- i have a ceramic container- about 2 gallon size
Does anyone have ideas on whether this is feasible and
what to grow in it...

Scotia, CA(Zone 9b)

Sounds like a good idea to me! Check out the pond plants at a local nursery and see which ones will work in such a small container.

Cincinnati, OH(Zone 6b)

We have over 2 dozen Water Container Gardens (WCG's)going.
It's an easy and quite beautiful way to garden in VERY little space.

We try to find old canning and cooking pots, but anything, any size, that will hold water will do.
We have them in barrels to teapots in size, full shade to full sun.

Here's a large blue enamel canning pot at it's peak.

Ric

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Newnan, GA(Zone 8a)

henry, I pulled out an old huge canner today and knew I could find something to do with it, but didn't think water garden! thanks:)
now tell me what all you have in that one, please??

Cincinnati, OH(Zone 6b)

tiG,
Thalia, Water Celery, Corkscrew Rush and of course Duck Weed.

That was last years pot.

This year we're starting THIS pot w/
Hymenocallis caroliniana (Spider Lily), Colocasia 'Illustris',
Acorus 'aureus' and a Mangrove tree.
If there's room I'll try to squeeze a Cyperus Angustifolius in there.

Ric

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maple ridge, Canada

Thankyou for all the replies
I was away for a month on vacation
and just came back and saw the thread
thanks for the pictures
they are great
much appreciated

Landisburg, PA(Zone 6a)

How do you keep the mosquitoe population down in these water pots?? I had thought of doing this myself and hubby says they will breed mosquitoes...and I thought fish but probably not in all those pots.....

Scotia, CA(Zone 9b)

You can use the same Mosquito dunks that are used in ponds. You just break them up into smaller pieces.

Cincinnati, OH(Zone 6b)

W/ an air pump you can put small goldfish or mosquito fish (look like a drab guppy) in the containers.

The easiest way though is to use 'Moquito Dunks' , a donut shaped biscuit of a bacteria which kills the larvae.
A 1/4 dunk will do a pretty good sized pot and will last about 4 weeks.

Mosquitos will still be present, as it does nothing to the adults, but in no greater quantities than normal.

In many ways the containers actually help as the mosquitos which normally breed in other places, where there is no control, breed here and the babies will never become adults.

Ric

Newnan, GA(Zone 8a)

thanks henry, I needed someplace to put my mangrove!!!

Cincinnati, OH(Zone 6b)

tiG,
You're only the fourth person I've run into crazy enough to try mangrove in a pot. LOL
How big is it?

Ric

Newnan, GA(Zone 8a)

it's about 10" tall:) should I put it in soil in the pot?

Cincinnati, OH(Zone 6b)

In your climate it should grow fairly quickly.
I'd go w/ a 10" pot myself to save a repot.

Here's a site on them w/ a bunch of links.

http://w1.mangrove.org:880/

There's not a lot out there on growing them in containers though.

Ric

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