Planting Instructions for Water Lily Pond Plants

Updated March 23, 2017

Water lilies are a popular pond and water garden plant because they are easy to maintain and come in a wide variety of colours. Water lilies are a floating-leaf plant, which means that their roots extend down to the pond floor, but their leaves and flowers float on the water's surface. The easiest way to maintain your water lilies is to pot them first, then place them in your pond or water garden.

Add sand or clay to a wide, short flower pot.

Add water to the flower pot until the clay or sand is thoroughly wet.

Create a hole in the sand or clay and place the water lily's roots deeply enough into the soil that the crown is at least 1 inch below the soil level.

Push the soil around the water lily's roots.

Add pea gravel or additional sand around the water lily. Pack the soil lightly.

Place the flower pot in the pond. Make sure the water is at least 6 inches deep.


Keep your water lily moist while you replant it. Water lilies are fragile and dehydrate easily. Plant your water lily as quickly as possible to avoid permanent damage.

Things You'll Need

  • Clay or sand
  • Wide, shallow flower pot
  • Pea gravel
Cite this Article A tool to create a citation to reference this article Cite this Article

About the Author

Cricket Webber began writing for fun as a young adult and started writing professionally in 2010. She is based in the deep South. Webber specializes in articles on greener living. Her work has appeared in various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in education from Converse College.