Aquatic Baskets and Pond Plants
Unfortunately, there is a lot of misleading information all over the internet about certain sized pre-planted aquatic baskets being sold as Pond Ready and the baskets not requiring aquatic liners Therefore, I feel as a grower that I need to provide some accurate information and explanations!
(Aquatic baskets don’t need liners!!!)
If you are planting into aquatic baskets in any situation it is essential that you use liners. Any baskets planted without liners, will lose half the soil content within one season due to the movement of the water from pond pumps, waterfalls, moving fish, and even the wind rippling the water surface. Pond plants require a stable footing and their roots tucked in tight under silt, clay or aquatic soil. If the soil has been washed or eroded away from around their delicate roots, the pond plant will grow weak or imply float away. For best results line your baskets with Cloth Liners
Round 17 cm baskets = 45 cm cloth liners
Round 23 cm baskets = 45 cm cloth liners
Square 24 cm baskets = 45 cm cloth liners
Oxygenating 20 cm baskets = 45 cm cloth liners
Square 29 cm baskets = 60 cm cloth liners
Contour baskets = 60 cm cloth liners
Extra Large Square 40 cm baskets = 90 cm cloth liners
(Plants sold as ‘Pond Ready’ in small aquatic baskets!!!)
With the exception of a handful of miniature species and cultivars, the vast majority of Pond plants that are sold in 9 cm or 11 cm size aquatic baskets are ‘NOT POND READY’! Plants offered in any size smaller than a round 17 cm aquatic basket, will fall over or blow off of your marginal shelving in the first gust of wind that blows their way. Aquatic plants need room to grow and there is just not enough room for them to establish in 9 cm or 11 cm baskets so, they are therefore, ‘not pond ready’ as they will need re-potting into larger containers as soon as you have bought them.
There is a very good reason why, here at Lilies Water Gardens, we only sell our pond plants in solid pots, and the reason for that is, we can always guarantee that they are 100% Duckweed free, duckweed is a tiny highly invasive plant that loves to cling to aquatic baskets and find its way into the baskets through their tiny holes, once inside a basket amongst the wet earth duckweed can hide unnoticeable, however this problem does not exist when growing pond plants to sell in solid black pots. Once Duckweed takes control, there is no way to control it. For that reason, here at Lilies Water Gardens we sell all of our aquatic planting containers separate to all of our solid pot range of pond plants thus resulting in a 100% Duckweed free growing environment. After all, Duckweed is the last thing you want in your pond!