Factors to Consider Before Getting Your Pond Plants
by M Hazaifa
March 26, 2019

After setting up your pond and constructing in accordance to your taste and preference, the next things you probably need to protect your fish and add some beauty to your compound are the flowers and plants around your pond. Of course, not every plant should be in or around your pond. Nature has provided certain aquatic plants to do best in your pond.


Examples of Plants to Plant Around your Pond

Well, you may ask yourself, why you need these plants and your fish have enough food? Apart from the aesthetic perspective that they give your home, they add some color, attractive foliage, and texture to your compound. As also mentioned these plants protect your fish from hungry heroines that come to feed on your fish. They provide a great hiding place for the fish.

They are great in oxygenating the water, in providing breeding places for your fish, inhibiting excess growth of algae hence making your pond water clean, and keeps the pond generally healthy. Some of these plants that you should consider to be in your pond include:

  • Water lilies
  • Water clovers
  • Cotton grass
  • Water iris
  • Water mint
  • Water hyacinth
  • Water violet
  • Water lettuce
  • Water soldiers
  • Water chestnuts

The list is endless and depending on their beauty and coverage, you can go for your best choice. However, you should consider the following factors before choosing which pond plants to go for:

  1. Your pond size
    There are some pond plants that you cannot plant in small ponds else they will thicket everything that even the minimum light that your fish need to breed will not be available. Small ponds are hard to maintain their ecosystem as opposed to a large pond. Since they are shallow, if you flock it with some plants, they might dry up and eventually kill the wildlife and fish.
  2. The depth of your pond
    Well, even if it is hard to maintain an ecosystem of a small pond, you can avoid overcrowding pond plants. A deep pond which is large in size can accommodate more plant varieties. So if you have a deep pond you can make your pond outstanding with beauty.
  3. Position of your pond
    If your pond is somewhere in an open place, then you need some pond plants like water hyacinth that will cover the pond to prevent predation and temperature regulation. Some gardeners also choose to have their ponds under certain shades and trees. If that’s the position of your pond, then you don’t need some plants that cover the pond.
  4. The purpose of the pond
    Well, it’s not always that you will have fish in your pond, but in case you have decided to have fish, you need to strike a good balance between the pond plants covering and the open places needed by your fish. Your fish will need some hiding and breeding places but will also require places where they can come to the water surface. You can also plant those plants that your fish like feeding on
Remember the pond plants will require some fertilizer or compost for them to grow effectively. In that case, you need to use compost and fertilizer that is pond-friendly. It should not cause pollution in the pond which may kill your fish and other plant life.

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