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Pond plants

The diversity in your pond

 

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Worth knowing

Our pond plants are strong, hardy and have been selected to thrive in hard water environments. The 80 or so, mostly native wild species will give your pond the necessary plant diversity. Some are threatened with extinction in the wild and are highly protected species. They are usually ‘hunger artists’ and thrive well in ponds with nutrient poor substrate.

Benefits of pond plants

Aquatic plants have a variety of tasks in your pond. They clarify the water, please us with beautiful flowers and are appreciated as a visual screens. They offer wildlife protection and are often used for egg laying or disembarkation, e.g. of the dragonfly larvae. Each plant has its role in the pond.

Diversity for the ideal balance

A wide variety of different aquatic plants provide the ideal balance in your garden or swimming pond. Plant diversity sustains life in the pond and the interaction in your habitat.

Selecting the right pond plants

When selecting pond plants please consider the size and planting zones of your pond.  In small ponds avoid plants which spread too widely.

We suggest to choose strong plants without fertilizer depots, so that no additional nutrients get in your pond, as they stimulate the growth of algae.

Pay attention to the compatibility of hard water environments and the hardiness of the pond plants, so that your pond becomes more beautiful every year and you do not have to replace them continuously.

Planting instructions

Pond plants should always be taken from the pot and planted into the pond substrate, so that they can grow optimally. Their ideal planting depth and and the amount they spread should be taken into consideration.

If you follow the symbols on our plant labels (planting area, height, spread, flowering period), you will certainly find the right place for your plants.  In small ponds avoid plants which spread a lot or plan a barrier for them.

When planting a new pond, water should be filled as soon as possible. Especially water lilies and oxygen plants are extremely vulnerable to drought and can be damaged in a short time.
Pond plants can thrive best when they are planted into the pond substrate.

Planting water lilies

Water lilies are aquatic plants and need to get into water as soon as possible. If you do not have time to plant them right away put them in your pond or a bucket full of water.

If you follow the symbols on our plant labels (setting depth, spread, florescence), you will certainly find the right place for your water lily.

Please note that water lilies do not like excessive water movement. If planted too close to waterfalls or water features they will bloom less or not at all.
Water lilies should ideally always be taken from the pot and set into the pond substrate, so that they can grow optimally. If that is not possible, the water lily should be planted in a larger pot/basket so that it can develop, using heavy, nutrient-rich soil.

You can also get bare-rooted water lilies from us. Bare-rooted water lilies should first be planted in a pot and set in warm and shallow water.
When the first roots start growing outside the bottom of the pot, the water lily can be moved deeper or planted into pond substrate. The more vigorous the water lily is, the faster it can be set or put into the final setting depth.

Care

In the first years it requires very little maintenance. If necessary, reduce competition from other plants and weeds. When the plants get bigger they should be cut, ideally in winter when the pond is frozen, just above the ice, or about 5 to 10 cm above the ground and taken away. This deprives the pond of biomass and reduces the growth of algae. In addition, the pond silts up less quickly.

THE 80 BEST WATER PLANTS
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