Planting a pond

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For planting a pond use shelf pond plants, submerged oxygenating plants & waterlilies to create a healthy pond environment.

  • Place all pond plants immediately into your pond or patio container pond when they arrive.
  • Our marginal shelf plants & waterlilies are already rooted in aquatic compost in mesh baskets.
  • You do not need to purchase any baskets or compost.
  • Our plants are rooted through the mesh basket already.
  • No need to worry that pieces of plant might 'float up' when you lower the basket into position in the pond.
  • You do not need gravel for the tops of these already rooted baskets.
  • Soil should not be disturbed if lowered on a slant - one basket rim at a time.
  • Stones are only needed when large fish are in the pond.
  • Oxygenating plants do not require to be potted and float freely in water. Hornwort is delivered unbunched and unweighted.
  • Some are delivered bunched & weighted to help them sink - leave the weights in place.
  • Typical looking 11cm and 9cm basket marginal shelf plants ready for mail order dispatch (dependent on dispatch season).
  • We have to cut down the plant growth in late season to allow plants to fit into a box for dispatch.

When should I purchase pond plants?

  • Our rooted plants can be purchased and transferred to your pond at any time throughout the year. They will sit as happily in your pond as they would if they were still on the Nursery.
  • Plants purchased in Winter or early season may be dormant when placed in your pond. They will be ready to grow on as soon as the weather in your area encourages them.

How many plants do I need for my pond?

  • Use a minimum of 3x 11cm or 3x 9cm marginal aquatic baskets per metre length on a marginal pond shelf.
  • Use more plants if the shelf is wider than 30cm(12″) or if a full look is required quickly.
  • Choose a selection of both upright marginal plants (sent in 11cm baskets) and horizontally rafting plants (sent in 9cm baskets) to give a balance for both wildlife and water quality.
  • Select two portions of submerged oxygenating plants per square metre of pond surface area.
  • Choose a waterlily or waterlilies of the size that will give your pond at least a 50%  coverage in 3 years using the spread details on the description page of each waterlily variety.

Plant grouping:

  • Make the planting groups look natural on an informal pond by using the full width of a planting shelf.
  • Stagger the plants where possible rather than lining them around the outside edge.
  • Place the aquatic pond plants on the shelves in their baskets in groups, not as individual baskets.
  • An upright plant can be softened by a rafting aquatic plant provided that each is placed in the correct depth of water according to its individual plant label.

Using a mesh contour basket to help in planting your pond shelf:

If you have built a large pond that needs to look mature quickly then plant 3x 11cm baskets of each variety into a contour basket (if your pond has a liner in it).

  • Tall plants in a linered pond will often blow over as they grow.
  • Add 3x 11cm baskets to one contour basket and fill all the surrounding space within the contour basket with gravel.
  • This will add weight to the group and the 3 baskets will stand upright as the base is heavier.
  • 3 plants will make a bigger scale clump quicker than 3 individually placed baskets.

Also use a contour basket to raise a group of plants up from a deep shelf in a pond.

  • Add gravel to the base of the contour basket before adding the individual plant baskets
  • Vary the depth of the gravel in the contour to raise plants to the the depth required on the plant ticket
  • Fill in the gaps between the baskets with more gravel.

Other methods of planting a pond:

Use a floating island basket for a pond with no shelves.

Use an Overgrowing Mat for steep edges or ponds with no shelves:

  • Fix an Overgrowing Mat over the edge of the pond from above the water line with the metal pegs supplied so the fabric hangs into the water.
  • Drop plant baskets into the pockets sewn into the mat at different depths.

Use a Pond Planting Sock for a very shallow depth of water so that the basket tops do not show above the water: