A well maintained pond is an amazing extension to any garden and planting aquatic plants can further add to their fascination. Plants, in addition to their beauty, will also function in controlling algae levels and help to oxygenate the water.
When buying plants it is best to visit a reputable garden or aquatic center whose expertise include that of pond plants. Another source is from a keen pond keeper who is subdividing plants to control growth and is willing to share rather than discard.
To avoid introducing unwanted organisms into your pond, make sure you always buy water plants that look healthy (check above and underneath the leaves for any signs of plant disease) and are growing in clean, algae free ponds.
Choose different types of aquatic plants to add diversity across your pond including oxygenators, which will increase the amount of oxygen in the water thereby helping to keep a healthy ecosystem.
When transporting aquatic plants home, it is best to avoid them drying out by keeping them in plastic bags or container.
Planting aquatic plants above a pond liner
- Plant into a flat-based pot or a plant basket, both of which can be bought at most big garden centers.
- Fill the pot with either soil, washed rocks or gravel sand.
- Place the plant directly into the gravel sand or place a rock over the roots of the plant to hold the plant and pot down under the water.
- The best time for planting is in spring.
A growing pond plant can supply not only oxygen to the fish but also shelter and food. If you are introducing plants to a pond containing fish it is advisable to do research into the types of plants you buy before planting, as some may be toxic to fish. Some varieties of fish eat pond plants to an extent.
A further advantage of pond plants is that they are a more natural way of filtering your pond. This is a great idea for a larger ponds and the health of your fish.
Garden ponds can be a welcome addition to any outdoor space. Choosing your design, location, features, materials including pond liners and pond plants wisely will create a pond that fills their space with the exact ambiance that you desire.