Step-By-Step Guide to Potting Up Your Bare-Root Pond Plant

Each plant variety you order from us will arrive wrapped in damp newspaper and packed in a plastic bag or tub with an identifying label. Unpack your plant as soon as possible after arrival by cutting off the plastic outer covering, carefully easing the plant out, and removing the newspaper (taking care to keep the right label with the right plant). The plant should ideally be planted up immediately. If this is not possible, it should still be unwrapped and placed in a bucket of water in a cool but frost-free place out of direct sunlight. 



When potting your plant, firstly make sure that you have as many pots as you need, of the appropriate sizes, and any hessian liners that you need. Ensure you have enough soil for all your pots. You might also want to have some gravel to hand – a thin layer of fine, washed gravel over the top of the soil will improve the look of the plant, and help to prevent fish or birds from digging it up. A trowel or scoop to pour the soil into the pot is also useful, as it is easier than using your hand.

 If using a hessian liner, start by placing this in the pot and checking it is big enough to cover the inside. Now fill approximately one third of your pot with soil, and press it down very firmly. Fold and smooth the hessian liner as necessary as the soil goes in. Place the plant in the pot, and spread its roots out. Hold the plant at the base of the growing point (the growing point is the bit where the shoots and leaves emerge, also called the crown) and carefully fill the rest of the pot with soil, firming it up as you go, and continuing to fold and smooth the liner, if using. Leave a small space at the top of the pot for the layer of gravel, if you are adding this. Make sure the plant’s growing point is just above the soil level when you have finished. 

Add the layer of gravel to finish off, if desired. Cut off any excess pot liner, if using this. Sprinkle the plant with water using a watering can or similar until the soil is thoroughly soaked through. If you do not do this the soil may float away when you put the plant in the pond.

 You are now ready to place the plant in your pond. The label will specify a minimum and maximum depth; the plant will grow best at the shallowest end of this range, as it will get the most light. Similarly, remember that most flowering pond plants will flower best when placed in a sunny spot. 

If the weather is hot when the plant is first planted up and it begins to wilt, simply trim the wilting foliage back. This will not harm the plant.