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When's the best time to put new pond plants in, should I put them in while they are dormant or leave to spring summer when the plants have some greenery on them, plants I'm looking to put in the pond are yellow iris, arum Lilly and the normal pond lilly
Yellow irises are so tough it won't matter. The other two I'd leave til summer. Water lilies need to be in growth. I've never grown arum lilies
Arums are best in the pond surrounds - boggy as opposed to just plonked in the water itself. Unless you are in a frost free area, best left til spring. Basic water lillies will be dormant in winter so if planted up correctly and placed at the correct depth, you could do them now without much risk. If you have to buy the Lillies, it may be best to wait til spring so that you can ensure they are decent plants.
Leave the Lilly's till spring, but when you fdo plant them, dont submerged them, put them on a brick, slowly lower them as they grow so there not underwater, often people put them underwater and drown them.
If you have a waterfull / fountain, keep it away, they dont like turbulent water, they like nice still water. And plenty of sun, which is kinda counter productive, as too much sun promote alge and green water, so hopefully your pond is not in direct sunlight anyways, but a part of it get some light, this thre place to plant the Lilly's, as for other pond plant most are pretty tuff and agresive and can be potted anytime of year.
Charlie Dimmock was on TV in a program about reclaiming the UKs Gardens last week and suggested three plants
You can catch it on an Iplayer I suppose
I have yellow lillies in mine that just "truck on " all year round.
Depends how big your ocean is !!
Try 2 or 3 types and see how you go
My lilly didn't flower last year - lots of leaves but no flowers. It was it's first year so I am keeping everything crossed for this Summer. Anybody else have this trouble with lilies - do they take a bit to establish?