Propagating rafting pond plants

Propagating rafting pond plants

Think about propagating rafting pond plants in your pond or container pond now if they have been vigorous this year and spread out across the water surface.

  • Tidy up rafting pond plants by removing some of the growth by hand.
  • Take cuttings from the rooted pieces that spread across the water.
  • Don't remove the whole plant or all its long growth. The pond or miniature container pond water could go green through exposure to sunshine.
  • The rafting growth uses nutrients, gives shade on the water surface and helps control greenwater algae.
  • These scrambling, surface cover pond plants are the hiding place of many pond creatures. Always leave plenty cover for their habitat.

Repot the cuttings - see our Tips and Advice page

  • Use mesh baskets with aquatic compost - you can have more plants to give away or fresh, new plants to replace the older parent plant
  • Or plant some of the rooted cuttings back into the original mesh basket to thicken up the parent plant at its source.
  • Encourage newly potted baskets to root by standing the base of the basket in water.
  • When rooted lower the basket so that the crown of the plant is submerged under the water surface to the depth specified on its ticket.

Rafting pond plants to propagate now from cuttings are: