Deep Water Pond Plants Guide
One of the most important plant types to populate your pond, deep water pond plants offer essential shade and surface cover for your fish and other pond inhabitants, whilst also providing an aesthetically pleasing appearance.
Deep water plants not only reduce light levels but also aid in the removal of nitrates from the water, both of which help reduce algae growth in ponds.
How and Where to Plant Deep Water Pond Plants
Deep Water Plants are best placed in still water away from constant splashing and flow from the likes of pond fountains and waterfalls. Deep water pond plants grow best in full sun, but can tolerate some shade.
When placing Deep Water Plants into the pond make sure to lower them in stages to allow the plant to acclimatise to its new depth. This allows the leaves to stretch to the surface during each stage of the descent.
Ideally 1 Litre Deep Water Plants should be re-potted into a 3 Litre or larger pond basket to encourage growth and flowering. All other sized plants do not require re-potting but for growth it would benefit from being potted a size up.
Deep Water Plants spread and planting depths are provided in each product description as a guide only, with the depth being the amount of water above the crown.
In shallow water, excessive leaf growth will rise above the surface and reduce flower blooms. The leaves of Deep Water Plants shade the pond, providing shelter for fish from predators such as herons. The reduction of sunlight helps reduce algae growth too. Make sure to remove dead leaves and flowers during the growing season.
Photo credit(s): Anglo Aquatics 2023