Oxygenating plants

Oxygenating plants

  1. Allow 2 portions of oxygenating plants per square metre of surface area of a pond.

 Oxygenating planting:

  • Drop oxygenating plants into the pond.
  • Leave the weight in place if it arrives to you as bunched.
  • Plant floats totally submerged below the water surface under water.
  • They will hang limply and wilt very quickly out of water - keep all stem and leaf surfaces damp or wet.
  • Leaves are highly divided to absorb water, nutrients and dissolved gases.
  • Do not plant in a basket as they float freely in the water, moving up and down according to the water temperature.
  • Each variety can be out of stock at times due to the seasons.

Why use oxygenating plants in a pond?

  • Oxygenating plants help clean the pond water by limiting algae growth.
  • They use nutrients and minerals from the water.
  • And compete with the algae for these nutrients.
  • They help keep pond water healthy and clear long term.
  • Photosynthesize in the day by absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen for underwater dwelling wildlife.
  • Provide shelter, protection and spawning habitat for some pond wildlife.

Always use some submerged oxygenating plants with leaf below the water surface. They are the most effective.

Available now as submerged oxygenators are Callitriche stagnalis, Ceratophyllum demersum and Ranunculus aquatilis.

Supplement with British Native upright Isolepis cernua and Rorippa nasturtium aquaticum and Non Native Myriophyllum Red Stem which is potted in 9cm basket with fronds that grow up and spread across the water surface.