Gardens Planting water lilies
have I been told to plant my water lilies in clay? I cannot see
how they can grow in this!
you were told to use clay loam, which is different to clay. This
misunderstanding is quite common.
A clay-based soil will
hold nutrients at the root zone and not release them in to the pond
water, where they will only encourage algae. Sandy soils tend to
So you are quite right.
You will only end up with a messy pond and sad plants if you plant
into straight clay.
Gardener, Issue 89, 2002, Page 20
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH.