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Tricker's Water Garden and Outdoor Decor
Century-old Greenhouses & Hatcheries at 7125 Tanglewood Dr, Independence Ohio 44131 1-800-524-3492
NOTE: The historic walk-in store is closed to the public. You can shop online and have your order shipped or arrange a pick-up after you checkout. During the pick-up, you are welcome to inspect your order.

William Tricker Inc

America's Oldest Water Garden Store — Over 100 years old.

Water lily icon How to Receive Aquatic Plants Shipping to You

Tricker's has a century of experience shipping live aquatic plants and animals with care. Here is what to expect when your aquatic plants arrive.

  1. Plan to transfer the plants to your pond as soon as possible. Before your shipment arrives, prepare the container and soil or clay with nutrient pellets. The roots must be kept moist and not allowed to dry because they can dry out and injure the rooting system to where not enough nutrients and water reaches the pads. Have a bucket of water handy for this purpose. If they seem dry, then immediately add water to them.
  2. You should have tracking information and know when your package will arrive. The plants are shipped bare-root without a pot or soil. That's okay — it's been successfully done this way for decades.
  3. Receiving a Plant ShipmentIf you are not present when the package arrives, then leave a message for the delivery person to not leave the package in the sun because it contains live plants or animals.
  4. The plant will be in a box to maintain the plant's integrity. Take photos of the box and contents when it arrives — just in case. The great majority of the plants arrive okay.
  5. Unpacking a Plant That Has Been Shipped to You. Carefully remove the plastic bag and if you have to, place it on a hard surface.

    Carefully open the plastic bag without bending, twisting, or pushing on it. Scissors are very handy to open the plastic bag if you're careful to not cut the plant.

    Then, carefully remove the paper wrap without pressing on the pads or roots.
  6. Ensure to keep the roots moist. You can place the plant in your pond water. To prevent it from floating away, you can keep the pads on the surface for a short time.
  7. Planting an Aquatic Plant After you plant the roots in a container with media, place it in the pond at the recommended depth. Different plants have different recommended planting depths. Do not try to adjust the pads — leave them as is and they will reform on their own in a few days.
  8. Monitor your Aquatic Plant Continue to monitor your newly planted water lily. The older pads will die off as new ones appear. You might consider removing the older dying pads to allow nutrients to flow inside the plant to the thriving pads and flowers.
  9. Feed your Aquatic Plants It's important to give your plant nutrients on a routine schedule and not too often. Read the label of the nutrients for the best schedule. The nutrients are water soluble so ensure that you quickly push the pellets into the soil. You may need to poke a hole in the soil it with a dull knife first.
  10. This is the best part — sit back in your outdoor lounger and watch your plants grow and blossom as your friends admire your beautiful water garden full of life.
Blooming Water Lily