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Old 08-23-2009, 06:55 PM
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Size needed for small 'pond' container?


Y'think one of those little blue plastic kiddie wading pools is deep enough for a lotus and water lily, if I make sure they're both dwarf varieties, or would it not be deep enough?

I really want to grow some water plants but we're in a rental house, so I can't dig in a water feature like I'd like to. :P
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Old 08-23-2009, 07:18 PM
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The kiddie pools work great for lotus, but unless you can find one that the water would be at least a foot deep then I would just stick to the mini waterlilies. I have grown waterlilies in those 40 gal wash tubs they sell at Wal-mart and they do alright, just a bit crowded........ Also remember if you live in a climate where the water will freeze, you will need to bring the lotus in. They can take the cold, they just don't like there roots to freeze......

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Old 08-23-2009, 07:23 PM
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So I could probably grow either a lotus or a waterlily in the kiddie pool, but not both? And we live in south GA, lol, IF it freezes it doesn't last the morning! I'm willing to bet I could prevent even that with a dark cover over the water. Or just dig it up and bring it in.

Anywhere I could find more information on how to do something like this? I'm very interested in it.
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Old 08-23-2009, 07:45 PM
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Lotus need to be at least 2 feet deep, otherwise they will freeze and die if they don't get brought inside. Kiddie pools will not work for either, you need something deep like those laundry baskets with handles. Walmart has them for $5
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Old 08-23-2009, 07:50 PM
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Here's what I did.


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Old 08-23-2009, 08:52 PM
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the native American lotus is a swamp plant, and happy with just a little water or as said 'swampy' condition.
any water lily will need some water above the soil level.

and yes, you can grow both in the kiddie pool at the same time, but I'd say the lotus will crowd out the water lily. So I would suggest, if you want to grow both, do what smurf did, get separate buckets or half whiskey barrels
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Old 08-23-2009, 09:09 PM
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My plants seem to like the laundry tubs.
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Old 08-23-2009, 11:50 PM
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OK, thanks guys! I think it's going to wait 'til next spring, considering it's late in the summer and I don't think my husband would be too thrilled with stagnant water sitting inside the house, lol. How do y'all keep the mosquitos out of the water btw? Would the little mosquito tabs/dunks hurt the plants?
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Old 08-24-2009, 04:51 AM
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In the smaller tubs, I use common guppies (also called feeder guppies), I have a aquarium I keep them in over winter. In my pond the goldfish tend to take care of the musquito problem.
I've never used the musquito dunks, so I don't know how they would work

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Old 08-24-2009, 05:46 AM
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Check Craigslist for performed ponds. They have them on there all the time CHEAP!! and would be deep enough for Lilies and Lotus!! You could also add a few fish.. I seen big ones go for 50$ on there..
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Old 08-24-2009, 05:51 AM
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I do as raven, guppies/minnows in my lotus bowl and gold fish in the pond. also, if you could add a small fountain feature, since moving water is not liked by mosquitoes, you have the added bonus of trickling/splashing water
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Old 08-24-2009, 07:42 AM
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The thing is though that this isn't my house, and I'm not allowed to make large changes to the property. So I'll probably stick with the buckets and kiddie pool. Wish I could afford a small water feature-that'd be fantastic! I may go look up about how much that'd be, now that I think about it...

Hmm...oh, the possibilities!...

I tell you what though, if we owned this house I'd convert the yucky old pool into a pond with a nice waterfall...yeah...and maybe a stream leading into a smaller pond near the porch, since the pool's set on the highest point in the back yard. Mm...that'd be so nice!!

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I use mosquito donuts in the water.
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Old 08-24-2009, 12:58 PM
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Here in the west we are able to recieve mosquito fish free from our county extention office. These could be available through your local master garden program.
Best of luck!
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Old 08-24-2009, 02:41 PM
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