Water lilies are considered to be one of the most beautiful choices for your aquarium as they require very little effort to grow but give the best results.

How to plant Water Lilies

Water lilies have one simple requirement and it is light, these simple plants create great texture to your pond and also acts as a natural shade cutter to your pond. In this post, we have listed the steps required to plant the water lilies in the right way.

Required supplies

  • Healthy Water Lilly plant

Required tools

  • Aquatic soil
  • Pea Gravel
  • Fertilizer
  • Aquatic planter

Total cost: USD 30


Total time: 28 days

  • Step 1

    Plant your water lilies in a pot of diameter 15 – 16 inches. The pot needs to be filled with good quality aquatic soil.

  • Step 2

    Now place this pot inside an aquatic planter that does not have any holes for drainage

  • Step 3

    Keep the plant exposed to sunlight for 7 to 9 hours a day

  • Step 4

    Choose a suitable tank and fill it with aquatic soil. Add fertilizer to enhance the growth

  • Step 5

    Pull the Lilly from the old pot, wash it well and trim the old fleshy roots leaving the new white roots

  • Step 6

    The plant has to be now placed inside the tank in the right position. The root ball has to be placed at the top of the soil and towards the side of the tank. Also make sure that the bulb is placed at a 45 degree angle

  • Step 7

    Now add a thin layer of aquatic soil and place pea gravel above it with some space around the stems so that the soil will not float away. Make sure the gravel is washed well before placing it inside the aquarium

  • Step 8

    Fill the tank with water slowly without disturbing the planted soil


Place your tank in a place where there is access to maximum sunlight and you will see the water lilies flourish in the pond or aquarium

We hope this how-to guide is useful for fellow hobbyists and are happy to hear from you on improvising this article.

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