Waterlily Gardening in Containers
I'm sure a lot of us have got a pot to plant in. I'm talking about a pot that holds water, such as this old antique washtub or whatever that we don't want to drill out because you will waste the antique value of it. It holds water and any other containerized plant won't do well in it because most people over water containerized plants anyway. One sure way to solve that problem is to use water-loving plants, and waterlilies are probably the most famous.
There are some spectacular waterlilies and they are really easy to grow, and provide an abundance of blooms. For instance, a container like this costs you less than seventy dollars to put in. All you have to do is go down to a local nursery and buy pots that have already been containerized for you of these different types of plants. All you have to do is put a fertilizer pellet in there about once a month and keep these actively growing.
Like I said each one of these Waterlily plants, will produce over 100 blooms a year for you and be spectacular. You need to put them out in a full sun condition about 4-6 hours a day and they will be spectacular for you.
Of course, obviously there are also varieties that need to be thought of and next weeks segment we will show you some of those spectacular varieties that we recommend for tub gardens. If you are interested in a full write-up on tub gardening of waterlilies, look in the Saturday San Antonio Light or send me a self-addressed stamped envelope and I will send that to you.
This is Jerry Parsons, Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Weekend Garden.
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