PLANTS IN YOUR POND
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To plant or not to plant ?
even think twice ... The more
plants the merrier. Plants serve many purposes in the pond.
Above and beyond being a beautiful
highlight in the
pond; plants contribute immensely in the effort to clean
your pond water by
consuming nitrates. Bottom dwelling aquatic
plants also collect beneficial bacteria which converts
ammonia' sand nitrates into a less toxic form of nitrate in
much the same manor as the
in a biological filter canister or falls. They also help to shade
the water from
beating sun rays which cause green-water
waterborne algae and floating
/stringy algae. One of the
best plants for
creating shaded water is the water lily.
The leaves of the water lily spread across the water
and also serve as
'rafts' for frogs, lizards and dragonflies.
pond plants like cannas,
elephant ears and
calla lilies are tropical which makes them recognizable
to those birds like hummingbirds which migrate south for
Most come in the form of a bulb which can be removed and
dried for winter storage. Floating
annuals such as
water lettuce , water hyacinth and azola are used to assist
in creating shade.
Fish tend to use these floaters as
a snack between meals ; nibbling on the roots more likely
of boredom or habit than hunger. Floaters usually are
discarded in fall and replaced in spring
supply after all danger of cool
nights has past.
Perennial pond plants
are very useful as well. These can often be
built right into the rockery around the edges of the pond
for years of enjoyment. Many perennial marginal
can also be planted on the outside of the pond in a surrounding
garden or in a
bog. This enables you to create a 'simulated'
large stand of plants that appear to be growing
right out of the pond.
Some of the more popular perennial pond plants include
(water-iris), variegated acorus,
lobelia cardinalis (cardinal flower), brunnera (water
and houttuynia (chameleon plant) just to name a few.
lilies are available in both
hardy and tropical varieties.
Hardy water lilies are steady-eddies and can be
While tropicals come a wider selection of more
they are harder to keep in northern climates as they must
be lifted and
over-wintered inside. Most all of
plants will need to be fertilized by means of a aquatic
tablet which is pushed into the soil at the base of the plant 2 - 4
times per season.
Remember , as natural as your pond looks
it is still artificial. Plants rely on vitamin and
of the water supply. Filtering the water for fish or using an
sterilizer to eliminate green water removes some of
these nutrients and it becomes necessary to replace
artificially. Also, the water in a pond must be tested frequently to
proper levels of pH which directly effects plants and fish alike.
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