Fertilizing Your Water Lilies…

Unfortunately, sunlight is not enough.

Your water lilies will grow, thrive, and bloom much better if you

get in the habit of fertilizing them regularly.

The good news is — It’s Easy!

you can either remove your water lily from the pond to fertilize

them, your sometimes you can even do it with the plants still in

the pond…

I prefer to remove them so I can inspect to see if they are

becoming overgrown, and possibly need dividing. This is really

the best way, and a good time to kill two birds with one stone.

So, first – remove the pot from the pond. Then drain out any

excess water, so you can see the surface of the soil and


Next, here’s a trick I use to fertilize my lilies quickly and


Have a fairly wide tipped flathead screwdriver nearby, and then

use it to punch a clear path into the soil and through the

existing roots. Then give it a good twisting to hollow our your


You’d be surprised how hard it can be to push a fertilizer tab

down into a dense root pack – so try this next time and tell me

if it isn’t 100% easier.

Now that you have your ‘holes’ dug – take 3-4 water lily

fertilizer tabs out (we like the Tetra Pond fertilizer tabs), and

push them down into the holes with your index finger..

That’s it — you’re done!

Then just cover up the holes and top off the plant with some

fresh dirt, as we discussed in our last article – and you’re

ready to move onto the next one.

Once you’ve fertilized all your lilies, just slowly lower them

back into the pond..

Here’s another trick I use – Don’t just drop the pot back into

the pond, as trapped air bubbles can sometimes uproot the lily or

some soil..

This is espcecially true new pottings, as the soil has not been

properly ‘set’. Here’s what I do:

Lower the pot into the water, just enough to fill it with water,

then raise back up out of the water until you see all the air

bubbles disappear.

Do this a few more times, until you think you’re removed all the

air bubbles from the pot – then slowly lower it down into the


There’s nothing more frustrating than having a newly potted lily

(or any plant) suddenly lift up out of the pot, dumping dirt all

over the pond, and having to be repotted.. I’ts happened to me

more than once..

So that’s it for now, in our next article, we’ll talk about

trimming and pruning water lilies…