Its been a few months since I pushed tiny bulbs into the "water containers". Now I have white and pink blooms showing up every other day.
Container water gardening was something I always wanted to try, so I just moved an old glass aquarium to the terrace and setup my first water lily container. Now i have two containers with three varieties of lilies.
Setting up a water lily container is simple, all you need is:
- Any container that holds water, I have tried glass, cement and plastic.
- At least six inches of heavy garden soil (more the better) at the bottom of the container.
- Six to twelve inches of water above the soil.
- A variety of lily that is suitable for your climate. I live in Bangalore so almost any variety will thrive here.
- Plenty of sunlight (At least six hours of sunlight)
I also fertilized the soil before adding water. I used regular garden fertilizer and topped it with layer of regular soil without fertz (hoping the fertilizer doesn't leach out into the water and cause an algae bloom, it worked :)).
Oh, I forgot to mention that I also have a few fish in the containers. Mollies in the cement tanks (shown in picture) and gold fish in the glass tanks.