How to Make a Lotus Pond


Lotus is a floating water plant that grows in shallow water or mud. The plant's rhizomes grow In the mud beneath the surface, while the flower floats on top of the water. A bog pond is the ideal type of pond for growing lotus plants. A bog can be constructed in a similar fashion to a regular pond. However, additional steps must be taken to ensure that the bog style of pond remains shallow.

Step 1

Lay out the design for your bog garden using a garden hose. Lotus plants need at least 6 hours of sunlight daily so select a sunny area for your bog.

Step 2

Remove the sod from the surface of your bog garden in strips by cutting the sod with a spade. Set aside the strips of sod for use in your bog garden.

Step 3

Excavate the soil in your garden to a depth of 12 inches by scooping it out with a shovel.

Step 4

Layer sand onto the bottom of your bog to a depth of 1 inch. Level the sand with a rake and tamp the surface even with a tamping tool.

Step 5

Estimate the size of plastic liner that you need by calculating the square footage of your pond surface and doubling it. Purchase your liner in this size.

Step 6

Spread the liner over the bottom of the bog's depression. Smooth out the wrinkles in the liner and anchor the sides around the lip of the bog with heavy landscaping rocks.

Step 7

Cut holes in the plastic sheeting with a utility knife all around the sides about 6 inches up from the floor of the bog depression.

Step 8

Lay the sod strips grass side down in the bottom of the bog.

Step 9

Mix peat moss and garden soil in a 1:1 ratio. Place this mixture over the sod strips to a depth of 12 inches.

Step 10

Fill the bog with water up to the drainage holes, and plant lotus plants in the damp peat moss and soil.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden hose
  • Spade
  • Shovel
  • Coarse sand
  • Rake
  • Tamping tool
  • Plastic pond liner
  • Landscaping rocks
  • Utility knife
  • Sod
  • Garden soil
  • Peat moss
  • Garden hose
  • Lotus plants


  • The Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Gardening; Carroll C. Calkins; 1978
  • The Natural Water Garden; C. Colston Burrell; 1997
  • USDA Plant Profile Website: American lotus

Who Can Help

  • Maryland Department of Natural Resources: American Lotus
Keywords: bog garden, lotus plants, peat moss

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After 10 years experience in writing, Tracy S. Morris has countless articles and two novels to her credit. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers, including "Ferrets" and "CatFancy," as well as the "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World," and several websites.