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Are Floating Plants Good For My Water Garden? | Decorative Ponds & Water Gardens Q & A


Are Floating Plants Good For My Water Garden?

Jean – Emmaus, PA

Yes. To maintain a healthy, well-balanced eco-system for your fish and prevent algae build-up, aim for 40-60% coverage of your pond with pond plants. Floating plants are an important part of the mix. Floating plants such as water hyacinth and water lettuce are chosen most often because they are prolific growers so just a few go a long way. In an 8′ x 10′ pond, 6-10 floating plants are more than enough to get started.

Floating plants protect your fish from the sun, (Yes, fish can get sunburned!) as well as hide them from predators. Floating plants also have extensive root systems to remove excess nutrients from the water. Removing these excessive nutrients will clear the water and help reducer future algae blooms.

While floating plants are a must, there are many other aquatic plants that should be part of the mix. Click over to our Planting Aquatic Plants article to read more about aquatic plant selections and how to plant pond plants.

Pond Talk: What floating plants are in your pond?

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2 Responses

  1. I find it takes a long time and is expensive to cover our pond (15′ x 5′) with the plants you mention in your article. Also, the fish eat the roots so the plants need to be constantly replaced. Any suggestions?

    • You can protect your plants with floating plant baskets. This will give your plants an opportunity to grow and spread. You can also use Pond Logic Pond Shade to protect your pond from sun exposure. You can also place some shade structures, plants & bushes outside of the pond to block some sun as well.

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