Farm Pond Plants

Hottonia palustrisIf you are fortunate enough to own a farm pond, you will surely have considered ways in which you can enhance its appearance. In this article, we will look at the types of plants which thrive in pond like conditions, and what to look for when selecting farm pond plants.

Which Plants?

There are numerous different types of farm pond plants which you can choose from. If you are looking for plants, you should consider visiting your local garden store where you will find a vast collection of most types of plants for a reasonable price. Decorating your farm pond does not need to be a difficult task, with the range of farm pond plants out there!

Firstly you might like to consider some water lilies. Lilies are bedded at the bottom of a farm pond, and produce visible flowering on the water surface. However, it should be mentioned that control is an important aspect of keeping water lilies, which can expand at an alarming rate.

Alternatively you may like to consider some floaters, such as Fairy Moss, or Water Soldier, which float on the surface of the pond. Along side these plants, why not plant grasses such as bulrushes? It is totally up to you what you plant alongside your farm pond, and there a lots of different varieties of plant you can choose from.

Other plants for your pond include submerged plants such as Egeria densa, Hornwort, Eelgrass, Water Aloe, and Utricularia vulgaris (Greater Bladderwort).

Planting Tips

When planting your farm pond plants, it is always a good idea to make sure you are planting at the correct time of year. This varies from plant to plant, so it really depends on what you opt for. More information can be obtained from online planting guides, or alternatively from your local garden store where the staff will be able to advise you on any of your planting queries.

One good tip when planting farm pond plants alongside fish is to ensure you cover any soil with gravel. This will minimise soil displacement caused by the movement of fish, which will ensure your pond does not become discoloured and murky. It is also a good idea to clean your pond regularly to ensure visibility and maintain its appearance.

Where to Buy

When looking for farm pond plants, there are numerous places to find good deals on top class plants. Firstly, the obvious place to try is your local garden centre where you are likely to find a vast supply of pond plants for reasonable prices. Additionally, the experience of the staff there can be a real asset, and is something which should not be overlooked.

Alternatively, there are a number of smaller nurseries which specialise in pond plants. There you will find plants that have received a greater degree of specialist care. Although they are likely to be more healthy, and appear more attractive, they are also likely to be more expensive, so it is really up to you to figure out a balance for yourself. Another alternative is to simply purchase and cultivate seedlings yourself.

This way you will save money and be personally responsible for the wellbeing of your farm pond plants, although this may be more time consuming. You can find some really great deals for plants and seeds online, and if you know what you are looking for and have time to cultivate, this is a potentially favourable option due to the lower prices that can be found.

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Farm Pond Aeration