12 Varieties of pond plant for the new pond - A selection of aquatic plants all in one box!

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Aquatic pond plants for the aquarium, bog and water garden - to maximize the value of a small parcel, picked fresh, direct from the grower!

        12 Varieties of pond plant for the new pond, A selection of aquatic plants all in one box! Two hardy waterlily • Thalia • Pond iris • Cattail • Pickerel • Parrots feather • Water hyacinth • Frogbit • Water fringe • Four leaf clover • Pennywort • Hornwort - 3-4lbs calculated usps postage available. Ask about combined shipping with other plants!

       Medium or large flowering size hardy Waterlily (Please specify which size may be preferred)
       Not a harshly cropped small side crown, Full size flowering plant ready for Summer to warm! Medium size lilies up to five feet wide, large varieties might spread wider. Start with 6" - 12" of water over its crown, the growing point where roots go down and lilypads and blooms go upwards.
       Any heavy, fertile dark loam with a moderate proportion of clay mixed in works well to start a waterlily. When a waterlily shows a lapse in blooming, consider fertilising with tomato spikes, taking care not to trigger algae blooms.
       Hardy waterlilies cope fine with Winter, set below the freeze line of ice on a pond. Take care ravenous hordes of hungry fish don't eat graze too hard on early waterlily foliage, consider starting your lily in a protected position when it begins to grow in Spring


       Giant Pickerel (Pontederia lanceolata)
       Growing to 4'ft tall closely resembling the well known blue flowering pickerel 'cordata', this variety of pickerel grows at least twice the size with the distinctive lanceolate leaf shape more elongated. An eye-catching aquatic of tropical appearance for the larger water garden, growing rapidly in full sun to part shade, with water 3" to 12" over its pot. When settled in to form a bold clump 'lanceolata' creates ideal shade for tiddlers, small fish and critters to hide among during the worst heat of the day
       Native to southeastern US, 'lanceolata' is less hardy than the more familiar 'cordata' variety, try it indoors as a spectacular houseplant where it will grow easy in good light if its soil is kept constantly moist.
       Pickerel 'lanceolata' is a close relative of the water hyacinth, only much hardier in a freezing climate, unlike water hyacinth it is not a floating plant and prefers to set its roots into soil, grown alongside tropical waterlilies and water hyacinth you will be creating quite a luxuriant tropical effect

       Hardy Thalia Dealbata
       To six feet tall, a spectacular foliage plant for the water garden
       A bold and unusual exotic appearance, oval bright green leaves on very long stems to 4' long, later followed by purply blue flowers forming dark berries on 6' stems in late summer. A spectacular 'stylish' looking plant.
       Thalia grows in the hottest sun positions possible in a pond, creating pleasant shade and shelter for fish and critters to bask, helping to cool water and create a safe place from predators. Don't be surprised to find koi and goldfish make a bold planting of Thalia a favorite place to loaf through the heat. Thalia is one of those 'tough as old boots' type of aquatic plants that can cope easily with grazing from the biggest and hungriest fish.
       Grow with up to 12" depth of water over its pot. Hardy to zones 5-11, set the pot below the freeze line

       Blue Flowering Iris (Iris versicolor)
       Height to 30" Growing happily with between, 0" to 6" of water over its rhizome. One of the most versatile and hardiest of aquatic plants. Establish late Summer, Autumn for blooms the following year.
       Well behaved growing habit capable of enduring the most aggressive grazing pond critters, extremely useful where large koi or turtles are about, creating shade and shelter for the 'little' critters on a pond, expect your favorite frogs to make it a preferred position for loafing.
       Iris versicolor likes to have a well formed set of roots developed before showing off the spectacular but brief flowers for a week or two in Spring

       Cattails (Typha latifolia)
Two root sections, grown in fish free growing conditions. To 6' tall, A hardy native to Europe, North America, Australia and North Africa, a graceful green cattail with a grey tone. A familiar elegant feature of many a grand landscape, lake, stately home, moat...
       Planted in a large strong container where its roots can be easily trimmed makes it possible to enjoy the better features of this big bold aquatic plant, quite capable of  growing in two or three feet of water. Planted on the far side of a pool, the distinctive shape creates elegant distinctive cattail reflections...
       Used  for making mats and baskets, the soft seeds to stuff pillows and cushions, as a decorative foliage, popular for flower arranging... Rising late in the year,  the mace seed heads can be cut and dipped in kerosene, left to dry and used as torches for outdoor use. Another attractive feature of the poker heads, through Winter and Spring small birds are attracted to collect the soft seeds for lining  their nests

       Parrot's Feather (Myriophyllum aquatica)
       Six strands supplied, about a foot long each. Photo:5 - Ideal for the new pond starter, a pretty plant which spreads across the water surface creating long decorative tresses of light green feathery textured foliage. A quick growing habit, very easy to tidy, so easy to plant, just place a stone on it on a pot of soil in shallow water and it will soon settle in and start wandering... ideal for masking pond edges with its beautiful foliage providing a light semi shaded area for little fish to feel safe in. Not just a pretty plant, its roots filter the water and helps to make life difficult for algae.... A very effective 'fast foliage' plant
       A very pretty, easy to grow plant that scrambles in the water margin. The first thing it will do when planted in a shallow basket is to amble merrily out of it, with long tresses of bright green feathery foliage. A very useful plant for masking the edges of ponds, bring some sprigs indoor in Autumn to make sure it survives the winter in areas where harsh freezes are likely....... it makes a very pretty houseplant. Ask for Red Stem Parrots Feather where preferred

       Water hyacinth
A very decorative and easy to grow floating plant with exotic lavender blue flowers, ideal for a sunny fertile warm pond position, very useful for breeding fish which sprinkle their spawn on the decorative blue black feathery roots, this makes it easy to collect and transfer eggs to a safer place. Bear in mind small young water hyacinth often adapt quicker to a new pool than larger ones with established roots.
       These plants are outdoors hardened plants raised in full sun, having coped with frosts this Winter. Frost burnt edges have been trimmed off and new foliage coming through neat so they are a neat size to travel without incurring excessive postal costs. Some should travel with perky, new 6" root networks, others a couple of inches
       Large aggressive fish can harshly graze the edible roots on plants like this and think about growing them on in numbers in a tub of fertile water before adding them to ponds with hordes of hungry koi
       Water hyacinth can multiply x1000 in a year, they are not hardy at all. Late Summer, consider disposing of them carefully, they chop up real easy and make a very effective weed barrier mulch around droughted plants contributing to conserving water usage

       Water Fringe, Floating Heart (Nymphoides Peltata)
The hardiest of the Nymphoides varieties, well able to Winter beneath severe ice conditions, a very attractive waterlily type plant especially suitable for ponds where water lily root rot, crown rot, makes it impossible to grow many hybrid waterlilies... A charming, vigorous scrambler in shallow water, very useful for creating shade and shielding small fish fry from larger predators, this is a hardy waterlily like surface floater in appearance, with 2" leaves developing bronze markings in sunny positions.
       Once settled it rapidly twines runners through open water toward sunnier positions, plant 6" to 12" deep as a rough guide, in the water margin in a pot with ordinary soil or sand. Very delicate detailed yellow, poppy like flowers through the Summer season, small, held aloft the water. A particular feature of this pretty little lily like marginal, it is very shade tolerant, making earlier surface cover than the lilies, along its sinuous wandering stem quite tenacious roots - very well suited to naturalizing and informal ponds

       Frogbit
This auction includes 5 sections of frogbit, a distinctive floating plant looking rather like a tiny white flowering waterlily with feathery long roots, rather an attractive sight when it masses up in a small pond. the round pale green floating leaves have a quite thick spongy shape
       The plant reproduces by making stolens horizontally from which new plants emerge, as Winter approaches 'turions' or buds form which drift to the pond bottom overwinter to start up next Spring
       With its brittle edible foliage being popular with a range of aquatic critters such as snails and turtles it's not a bad idea to set some aside in an isolation tub before starting to introduce it to a community pond position Keep it on your rain butt or small container to reduce evaporation!

       Four Leaf Clover (Marsilea)
       A very pretty little scrambling aquatic plant of the shallow water margin, similar in growing habit to Pennywort. Quite striking the four leaf clover look, especially when the sun is low and at an angle
       Rather effective for masking the edges of liner ponds. A hard freeze is likely to knock it about rather bad, not entirely hardy through freezing Winters, surviveing where it grew below the freezeline
       Very pretty confined to a small pond or tub to contain it where it would be easy to trim, otherwise it would go trotting merrily into other pots. Not to be let loose on a largish pond where it would be difficult to weed, fairly easy to control on a small pond or container

       Marsh Pennywort (Hydrocotyle)
       Growing a modest few inches tall with quarter size round leaves, almost waterlily like pads when growing in deeper water. Usually emergent standing on a single stem this picturesque charmer is a scrambler of the shallow water margins of ponds and streams. The first thing it will do when established in a pot is to merrily trot out of it
       Excellent for naturalising in an informal pond setting or as a touch of whimsy in a dull corner of a foram pond. Growing rapidly in any shallow water by a spreading root habit which is easy to tidy if it gets among other plants, consider this rambling charmer to be a useful aquatic plant for masking unsightly edges similar to parrots feather

      Hornwort (Ceratophylum demersum)
      Six strands supplied Hornwort exudes substances toxic to algae (allelopathic behaviour) and at good growth conditions it efficiently inhibits most algae growth... Hornwort is a brittle dense growing floating and submerged aquatic, very effective at 'dominating' water quality.
       An Aquarium plant: Hornwort forms brittle stemmed attractive foliage to some 24" length, dense masses at the surface, or when anchored to form an upright growing habit, widely tolerant of a range of water and light conditions, bright light will keep it growing strong however
       As an aquarium plant hornwort forms quite attractive submerged and floating foliage, it does not form roots. A weight to anchor it down would be required to position it as required, fairly easy to arrange.
Hornwort as a pond plant: This is one submerged aquatic better than most at coping with fish grazing, it's the last plant in a pond they will try to eat...
       Hornwort grows extremely well in shady dull corner positions of the pond where little else thrives, very effective for attracting breeding fish to lay their eggs among the dense foliage, where the fish fry's chances of survival is quite high in a shady sheltered corner of the pond.
       As Winter comes, gather coontails over to the one side of the pond, coontails over winters as tiny sprigs on the bottom of the pond, these rise in Spring and if they can start in numbers early in the year they will quickly dominate the water surface area they cover, helping to contribute in the suppression of algae and blanketweed

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