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In an ecosystem pond, marginal plants are generally placed directly into the gravel, allowing them to thrive naturally and filter the water most effectively through the root-base. Certain plants like cattail, bullrush, and pennywart can be problematic and may even damage the pond liner. We recommend avoiding to plant them all together.
Before placing the plants in the water, be sure to wash away most of the soil from around the root system. Once the soil has been removed from the plant, push the gravel back and place it in the pond, filling the gravel back in around the root system to anchor it down.
The same process can be used for planting in a stream – carefully selecting aquatic plants that like or tolerate the shallow depth of the stream’s moving water. Not all marginal plants can thrive in shallow moving water.
ALL THIS INFORMATION can be found on the back of each plant tag that comes with the plant when you purchase it.
Aquatic Plant Maintenance and Care
For fall/winter care, aquatic plants in zone 5/6 deviate from regular house plant care. Aquatic plants need cut back to two or three inches above the water level of the pond. This allows them to begin going into their state of dormancy (sort of like hibernation) for the winter where they will stop growing entirely during this time. In the spring, make sure to remove all leftover dead plant material. This is the perfect time to thin out plants that have maybe over grown the area they’re in—especially lilies. There is a fine line between having enough plants and having TOO many plants.
Located in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, Dreamscapes Watergardens installs koi fish ponds and pondless waterfalls (disappearing waterfalls) all over the Central Pennsylvania area. For more information on koi ponds and waterfeature installations, please contact us directly!
Dreamscapes also carries a full line of pond supplies from water treatments and fish medications to pond pumps, heaters, fountains, plants and fish! Tadpoles and snails are also available at our Aquatic Retail Center in Lebanon, Pennsylvania seasonally while supplies last from May-August. If you think you need it, we have it!
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