How to Transplant Wild Water Lilies to My Pond


Wild water lilies, with their eye-catching flowers and leaves (or pads), can create a natural look in a pond. If your pond plays host to frogs, they will love the addition. They love to rest on the pads, giving you a better chance of watching them enjoy their newly improved habitat. Taking water lilies from the wild and transplanting them in your pond will require some work, and will mean having to get wet, but the beauty they bring is well worth the effort.

Step 1

Fill an aquatic planting pot about 1/3 full with aquatic planting soil. If you do not have, and cannot find, an aquatic planting pot, simply take a normal planter and line the bottom with wire mesh to keep the soil from washing away.

Step 2

Enter a shallow pond and locate the water lilies you wish to transplant. Carefully dig the tubers out from the soil with your hands. Use a small garden trowel if you need help removing them.

Step 3

Wrap the tubers in a wet paper towel to keep them from drying out and dying, and take them back to your pond.

Step 4

Plant the tubers in the planting pots you have prepared.

Step 5

Cover the tubers with more soil and place aquatic plant fertilizer pellets in with the water lilies.

Step 6

Place gravel over the top of the soil, around the water lillies, to keep the dirt from washing away in the water.

Step 7

Lower the pots into the pond, placing them in shallow, still waters. Water lilies do not like moving water, so if your pond has a waterfall or a stream running into it, keep the plants away from this area. Also, make sure the leaves (pads) and flowers are floating freely on the surface of the water. Submerged water lilies cannot grow.

Tips and Warnings

  • Make sure the lilies you take aren't from a protected area or private property. It is illegal to take any kind of wildflower from most parks and nature preserves.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden trowel
  • Damp paper towel
  • Aquatic pot (or a regular pot and mesh wire)
  • Aquatic soil
  • Aquatic plant fertilizer
  • Gravel


  • Hughes Water Gardens: Transplanting & Dividing Waterlilies
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About this Author

Mark Rhyman has been working as a freelance writer since 2005. His work has appeared in numerous online and print publications, such as "Kotori" magazine and "Inside Lacrosse." He has his bachelor's degree in English with a concentration in creative writing from the State University of New York at Brockport.