Monty Don adds pond surface cover - plant waterlilies

Monty Don adds pond surface cover - plant waterlilies

Monty Don has just planted a new waterlily in his pond.

Waterlilies are most peoples first choice to add flower and leaf to the pond surface quickly. 

Monty Don replanted a Dwarf waterlily candida into a 10 litre mesh basket using a clay based soil. He  lowered it down into the water until the leaves and flower were just on the water surface.

  • Cover two thirds of your pond surface with waterlilies to create a natural balance at this time of year. This will give shade and stop the water temperature rising.
  • It is still possible to add more waterlily plants to your pond now. Our plants are already rooted into their baskets and will just be 'moving home'. They are not trying to establish new roots at this time of the season.

Our Pond waterlilies arrive to you rooted into 3 litre (10" diameter) mesh baskets of aquatic compost.

  • Replace waterlilies in the same depth of water on arrival to you that they have been growing in at the Nursery. The leaves and any flowers should be floating on the water surface. If necessary  raise the basket off the pond base or shelf on bricks to achieve this.
  • There is no need to add gravel to the top of our baskets as they are not newly potted and the soil will not 'fluff up' when they are placed into the water.
  • Use an XL feed ball in each Pond waterlily basket so that the plant receives a boost and continues to flower and send up more leaves and flowers for the rest of the summer.
  • The leaf growth will help protect young and vulnerable wildlife creatures before they leave the pond and the flowers will add another source of nectar and pollen for the insect pollinators like bees and hoverflies.

For a small pond or a container pond add cover to the water surface using miniature or dwarf waterlilies. These are sent in 11cm square mesh baskets.

  • Push a small Growth Feed Ball into each dwarf or miniature waterlily basket twice a year for a boost to flowering. The pack of 50 Feed balls can be used for other 11cm/1 litre plant baskets in your pond too. Iris and other flowering plants will benefit most.

Adding more waterlilies and covering more of the pond surface will reduce the amount of sunlight reaching the water.

This will reduce water evaporation and keep the water temperature low so help to control blanket weed and green algae at this hot time of year. Their leaves will also protect vulnerable wildlife as water levels diminish.

See our Tips and Advice page for more help.

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