Re: NANFA-- Fwd: water lily question

Sajjad Lateef (
Tue, 29 Oct 2002 08:49:47 -0800 (PST)


My one experience with Water Lilies in a landscaped pond
(about 10' in diameter) has been that they will take over
and completely cover the pond in about two summers. If
you plant them in the substrate, they will eventually
spread and clog the entire pond and will resist all
attempts at removal or trimming. This is more true for
a southern location like Jackson, MS than for places further

You may want to invest in cheap planters (like the $10
concrete mixing tubs from Home Depot) and some soil
covered with an inch of pea gravel. It really is the
tried and true method. It is the only way to go if you
are planning on non-native Tropical Water Lillies.

Jeff Fullerton may have additional comments to add here.

Sajjad Lateef

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> >Subject: water lily question
> >Date: Mon, 28 Oct 2002 14:57:44 -0600
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> >I am a landscape architect designing some lakes for a project in
> Jackson
> >MS. The client has requested water lily. I have designed shallow
> water
> >shelves along some of the banks that are 3" to 1 1/2' deep at a
> gentle
> >slope. Everything I've read about water lilies calls for pots and
> >fertilizer more fuss that I believe the client will pay for or
> maintain.
> >I'm not too concerned about them spreading because it is a large
> lake. Do
> >you have any advise as to a way to naturalize them without pots and
> too
> >much fuss. My thought was to get plants already in leaf and anchor
> them
> >somehow into the shelve around 1 1/2' of water. Maybe pin them with
> a
> >metal pin like they use for erosion control fabric and cover with a
> thin
> >layer of good soil. I found the article by Jeff Fullerton on your
> website
> >and hope you organization may have expertise on the subject.
> >I appreciate any advise you can give me.
> >Thanks,
> >Carol Ashworth, ASLA


Sajjad Lateef
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