Floating Plants

 Floating plants are probably the easiest plants to care for as they need no potting, but just drift along the surface with their roots drawing nutrients from the water for their growth.  Some of them, like the hyacinths and lettuce provide long roots that are ideal spawning material for the fish.  Others blanket the water, keeping the water from turning green from algae.

     As they do take nutrients from the water, and some are "heavy feeders", it is important to keep these under control---they can easily take over a pond.  Plants like Fairy Moss, Duckweed, and Water Velvet are quickly eaten by the fish.  Too much of these plants can cause oxygen depletion.  If there are blooming marginal plants and water lilies with the floating plants, you need to make sure those plants are fertilized!

 

Item No. Double click to enlarge photos Name (alphabetical by botanical name) Description Price@
FP -AZOLC

Fairy Moss (Azolla caroliniana)  

Fairy Moss is a  tiny fern with fronds measuring about  one-half inch across. It forms dense mats of pale green leaves which turn red in summer. Another good surface cover plant.

Sun

$4.95 per portion

FP - EICHC

Water Hyacinths                 (Eichornia crassipes)

Water Hyacinths have dark green shiny leaves with swollen stems. Flowers are showy, upright violet-blue spikes that stand 4 to 9 inches high in thick foliage. Their fine feathery roots provide excellent spawning environment for fish. Water hyacinths prefer sunlight, but watch out - they multiply rapidly. These plants are tropical and need water temperatures above 70F or they will die.  THESE PLANTS ARE A NOXIOUS WEED!  WE DO NOT ADVISE ANYONE TO PUT THEM IN THEIR POND.  MOST PLANTS ARE LOADED WITH HERBICIDES AS, IN THE WILD THEY ARE BEING SPRAYED TO ERADICATE THEM. THEY ARE NOT ONLY CLOGGING WATERWAYS BUT THEY SUCK ALL THE NUTRIENTS OUT OF THE WATER, KILLING NATIVE AQUATIC PLANTS IN THE WILD AND PLANTS IN YOUR POND MAY ALSO DIE.

Sun

$4.95

3 for $12.00

FP - LEMNM

Duckweed (Lemna minor) 

Duckweed has very small bright green individual leaves  with the root below forming a blanket covering the surface in areas where water is stagnant. It makes good fish food and provides shade for the pond.

Sun/Part Shade

$4.95 per portion

FP - LIMNL

American Frog-bit (Limnobium lavigatum)

American Frog-bit has thick swollen leaves, one-half to three-quarters of an inch in diameter, containing spongy tissue for buoyancy. Its leaf blades are heart-shaped.

Sun/Part Shade

$4.95

FP - PISTS

Water Lettuce (Pistia stratiotes)

Water Lettuce produces crowds of leafy rosettes rather like loose, 4-inch heads of lettuce. Trailing hairy roots hang down several inches. New rosettes develop around the base of each plant.  These are warm water plants and need water temperatures of 70 to survive and spread.

Sun/Part Shade

$4.95

3 for $12.00

 

FP-PISTV Variegated Water Lettuce  (Pistia stratiotes 'Angyo Splash')

Large green rosettes streaked with creamy yellow.  This newer variety is a vigorous grower which adds a definite "splash" of color to any pond.

Sun/Shade

$4.95

3 for $12.00

 

FP - SALVS

Water Velvet (Salvinia minima)  

Floating Fern has tiny oval leaves about one-half inch in size. They are pale green in color, have bristly hairs and grow in tight clusters for surface cover.

Sun/Part Shade

$4.95 per portion

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