How to Plant a Container Water Garden

Add a water feature in a pot for your small garden.

From: DK Books - Gardeners Guide
Submerge Aquatic Plants Until They Sit on Bottom

Submerge Aquatic Plants Until They Sit on Bottom

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Materials Needed

  • water plants
  • fine-meshed plastic pond baskets or aquatic bags
  • aquatic compos
  • pencil 
  • pea gravel
  • bricks (optional)

Step 1: Choose Aquatic Baskets or Bags That Fit Size of Plants When Mature

Plant Aquatic Plants in Aquatic Compost

Plant Aquatic Plants in Aquatic Compost

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Place a layer of aquatic compost in the bottom of each bag or basket. 

Step 2: Insert Plants, Fill Around Root Balls With Compost

Fill Around Root Ball of Aquatic Plants and Firm

Fill Around Root Ball of Aquatic Plants and Firm

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Gently pat down the compost. If you are planting oxygenators, use a pencil to make holes in the compost, insert the stems, and firm down. 

Step 3: Cover Surface With Layer of Pea Gravel

Gravel Keeps Aquatic Plants from Floating Out

Gravel Keeps Aquatic Plants from Floating Out

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

This will help prevent soil from floating out of the bag or basket and muddying the water. 

Step 4: Place Plants in Container

Submerge Aquatic Plants Until They Sit on Bottom

Submerge Aquatic Plants Until They Sit on Bottom

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Stand them on bricks if they are not at the correct level when sitting on the bottom. Slowly fill the container with water.

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