How to Plant a Container Water Garden

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

Submerge Aquatic Plants Until They Sit on Bottom

Submerge Aquatic Plants Until They Sit on Bottom

Slowly fill the aquatic container with water and lower it into position at the bottom of the pond.

©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

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

©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

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. 

©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

Prepare loamy soil and plant lily in a no holes plastic container. Cover surface with pea gravel and water soil down before placing in pond.

©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

Slowly fill the aquatic container with water and lower it into position at the bottom of the pond.

©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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