Care and Propagation of Pond Plants

Care and Propagation of Pond Plants

Care of the plants should not take up much time if you have stocked your garden pond with plants in the correct way.

You will then be able to enjoy your pond to the utmost during the summer months, as care will be restricted to a few measures. Propagating pond plants is very simple once you know how to go about it.

Pond plants can be planted with the help of plant containers (eg. mesh baskets), in hanging boxes or in verge matting along the edge of the pond. There is hardly any difference in care.

 

Fertilizing

care-and-propogation-of-pond-plants You should not add any extra nutrients to the pond, so you must avoid any kind of fertilizer in order not to encourage the growth of floating algae. The nutrients already contained in the water and in the pond floor will be quite sufficient for nourishing your pond plants.

 

Too many nutrients can be harmful

Unlike in flowerbeds, too many nutrients in a garden pond are positively undesirable. Poor quality water and a cloudy brew would be the inevitable result. Marginal plants would continue to flourish but underwater plants and pond creatures might find such a change in the water lethal. In extreme cases, the “death” of the pond may result.

To begin with, excess nutrients would encourage excessive growth of algae. The water would turn green and cloudy and light would only be able to penetrate the upper regions. The lack of light would soon cause the algae and underwater plants to die. Their decomposition by bacteria and fungi would lead to a complete depletion of oxygen. The bacteria responsible for decay would multiply and the pond would begin to stink of rotten eggs.

 

Do not fertilize along the edge of the pond

Avoid using fertilizers that dissolve easily, even along the dry part of the edge of the pond. If put here they would be washed into the pond every time it rains. Species along the edge of the pond which require plenty of nutrients can be given a little compost which will release nutrients very slowly. Use it sparingly, however, so that it does not turn into a constant source of nutrients for the pond.

 

The acidity of the pond water

You should not ignore the degree of acidity (the pH factor) of the pond water during pond care. A certain amount of acid and alkaline substances are always dissolved in any natural body of water. If the water contains more acid then alkaline substances it will be acid and have a pH value below 7. Water, in which acids and alkalines are in balance, is chemically neutral, which corresponds to a pH value of 7.

During the course of natural development, the pH value of a pond will generally decrease, which means that it will become slightly acid (pH 6-6.9). The reason for this is that acid rain and increased plant growth have affected the pH factor. This slight change is usually of no consequence to pond plants.

 

Plants with special demands

A few plants prefer a pH value above 8, which means that you should add a little lime to the rootstock. The lime will neutralize the acid. Plants which only flourish in very acid soil (pH value below 5) can be given a little well-rotted bark mulch around their rootstocks.

12. December 2010 by admin
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