Pond plants are essential for every pond. Water lilies and water plants are the most well-known. They add lovely colour to your pond and garden. Zones are designated for the different types of aquatic plants. Zone 1: waterside plants, zone 2: marsh plants, zone 3: water plants, zone 4: water lilies, zone 5: oxygenating plants and zone 6: floating plants. Waterside and marsh plants are the most like normal garden plants. Some can also grow in full soil, if they are always kept moist. Water plants, water lilies and oxygenating aquatic plants are always planted under water. Floating plants, as the term suggests, float on the water and use their roots to extract nutrients from the water.
Water plantsWater plants, also known as underwater plants, grow mostly or entirely under water. The flowering water plants will peek their heads above water. These plants can be planted at a depth of 0 to 40 cm. They are often placed on a plateau in the pond, where they have enough water. Water plants love still water and full sunlight. We put them in a place in the pond that gets many hours of sunshine each day. We never plant water plants in a pond with plenty of running water. The plants can rot quickly if we do.
How do we establish water plants in the pond?We recommend using special pond baskets for planting aquatic plants and other water plants. This ensures that the water plants remain in place and will not come loose and float in the water. We put the water plants with the root ball in the pond basket. It is fine to have several plants together. Then we fill the basket with special pond soil. Never use normal potting soil as it easily dissolves in the water. We top it off with a layer of coarse sand or gravel to make sure everything stays in the basket. Finally, we plant the basket at the right depth in the water. The best time to plant is between April and July. All products can be found in our pond products range.
Water plant maintenanceWater plants need nutrients, just like other plants, care and maintenance. We do not give water plants fertilisers but nutrient salts, minerals and bacteriaën, which we add to the water. All of these products can be found in our pond products range. If the water plants grow too high, they can also be pruned. We always do this with sharp and clean pruning tools to avoid troublesome injuries. The best time to prune water plants is in autumn. We cut away the dead flowers and stems. We can also cut them back to the desired height. For more information on pruning water plants, see our pruning acquatic plants article.
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