Plant the zinc tub and create a pond

Plant the zinc tub and create a pond

Small aquatic plants for the zinc tub pond

If pond plants are planted too deep, they will start to rot. However, if they are not deep enough in the water, they will wither. Therefore, the planting depth is particularly important for aquatic plants. Here is a small selection of plants with their planting depth for the mini pond in the zinc tub:

  • Juggler flower: approx. 5cm
  • Japanese swamp iris: about 5cm
  • Lizard tail: about 5cm
  • Arrow herb: 10 to 15cm
  • Marsh calf: 10 to 15cm
  • Marsh marigold: 10 to 15cm
  • Frog spoon: at least 20-25cm
  • Hedgehog cob: at least 20-25cm
  • Lotus flower: up to 30cm
  • Cyprus grass: up to 30cm
  • Pike weed: 30 to 40cm
  • Water feather: 30 to 40cm
  • Pond rose: 30 to 40cm
  • Algae fern: floating
  • Frog bite: swimming
  • Floating fern: floating
  • Dwarf duckweed: swimming
  • Water hyacinth: swimming
  • Shell flower: floating
  • Water hose: floating
  • Fairy moss: floating
  • Miniature water lily: to the bottom

also read

  • Planting the zinc tub: a guide
  • Plant zinc tub without holes
  • Mini pond: design a zinc tub with water plants

Prepare the zinc tub

Before turning your zinc tub into a pond, you should clean it thoroughly to prevent your pond plants from getting sick from any contamination. You should also clean gravel and stones before processing.

Provide different levels

In order to be able to use different plants and to provide visual loosening, you should create different levels in your zinc tub with the help of paving stones or large natural stones.

The right location for the zinc tub

The water in a zinc tub, in contrast to a pond sunk into the ground, heats up considerably due to solar radiation. Therefore, you should definitely choose a partially shaded place for your zinc tub or provide artificial shade at lunchtime in summer.

Plant baskets for the zinc tub

It is advisable to put the plants in your zinc tub in planting baskets so that they do not overgrow and are easier to keep in place. Fix the plant baskets with stones and weigh them down with pebbles so that they do not float to the surface of the water. Put plant baskets on different levels so that you can plant plants with different planting depths.


If the water gets too warm in summer, you can regulate it with a jug or two of cool water.