A large and diverse plant population is essential to maintaining good water quality. Floating, submerged, and marginal plants all extract nutrients from pond water as they grow, making fewer nutrients available to algae. Floating plants such as lilys and hyacinths block sunlight, also inhibiting algae growth. We offer two indespensible tools to assure healthy aquatic plants: fabric planting pots and slow-release fertilizers.
FABRIC PLANTING POTS: These porous fabric containers are far superior to the plastic pots typically used for aquatic plants. Made entirely of fabric, they have no hard surfaces or sharp edges to harm fish or damage rubber pond liners, and their flexible bottoms conform to irregular pond bottoms. Air and water pass freely through the fabric walls, aerating the soil and flushing accumulated salts, so plants develop better root structures and grow faster and healthier. Standard diameters are 6", 8", 10", 12", 14", and 16": the smaller sizes are ideal for marginals while the larger ones are more suited to lilies.
To use a fabric planting pot, fill it about half-full with screened topsoil, compact the soil, position the plant in the center, add a few more inches of screened topsoil, and compact the soil again. If the pond will contain koi, spread an inch of washed gravel placed over the soil to keep the fish from digging. Water the pot thoroughly to remove air pockets, and set the pot at the edge of the pond in a few inches of water until the soil becomes fully saturated with water. Then fold down the excess fabric and position the pot.
PLANT FERTILIZER: We offer two time-release fertilizer tablets: Throw-Tabs supply all of the nutrients needed by aquatic plants except nitrogen and phosphorous that can cause algae growth. Simply throw them into the pond at the rate of one for every floating plant. Aquatic-Tabs add nitrogen and phosphorous where needed. Press them into pots, two per gallon of soil.
Aquatic-Tabs Fertilizer, 25 - $3.60
Aquatic-Tabs Fertilizer, 100 - $9.20
Throw-Tabs Micro Nutrients, 25 - $3.60
Fabric Planting Pot, 6" diameter x 6" tall - $1.72
Fabric Planting Pot, 6" diameter, box of 100 - $128.00
Fabric Planting Pot, 8" diameter x 9" tall - $2.44
Fabric Planting Pot, 8" diameter, box of 100 - $184.00
Fabric Planting Pot, 10" diameter x 9" tall - $3.24
Fabric Planting Pot, 10" diameter, box of 100 - $240.00
Fabric Planting Pot, 12" diameter x 11" tall - $3.76
Fabric Planting Pot, 12" diameter, box of 100 - $280.00
Fabric Planting Pot, 14" diameter x 13" tall - $4.24
Fabric Planting Pot, 14" diameter, box of 100 - $312.00
Fabric Planting Pot, 16" diameter x 13" tall - $4.96
Fabric Planting Pot, 16" diameter, box of 100 - $368.00