Whats the best soil for replanting aquatic plants?


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Hi guys,

I'm trying to find the right soil for re-potting my lilipads. I'm in Dallas and it seems I never find the right soil or the best way to replant without it all floating away when I put it back in the pond.
 
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I used to use heavy clay soil from my yard - it was very much like what they came planted in. But the pots got so heavy I started experimenting. Now I use plain kitty litter - I get the cheapest stuff they sell at the dollar store - and plant in that. I top the pots off with some gravel and larger rocks to hold the tuber in until it firms up in the pot. I make sure to soak the pot really well before I put it in the pond and when I do I sink it slowly to avoid disturbing it.

I also have several lilies in pots with no dirt all - just a rock large enough up hold them in the pot. Those do great as well.
 
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I'm about to pot up plants myself and got clay kitty litter to try. I'll top it with pea gravel I have on hand. Fingers crossed for happy plants!
 
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So I used kitty litter for some plants, but as soon as the water hit it, it started bubbling profusely and formed an exothermic reaction. Is this normal?
 

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It bubbles as the air escapes, pure kitty clay no additives. I have been using it for years. It also sends out a cloud of dust that clears up.
 

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So I used kitty litter for some plants, but as soon as the water hit it, it started bubbling profusely and formed an exothermic reaction. Is this normal?
DO NOT use clumping kitty litter or any that has any additives for odor control. Use only plain kitty litter, the really cheap stuff.
 
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DO NOT use clumping kitty litter or any that has any additives for odor control. Use only plain kitty litter, the really cheap stuff.
I looked and looked and could not find anything WITHOUT fragrances added, and the clumping...
 
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