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.
- 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.