Best Aquatic Plants To Grow

There are a large number of aquatic plants that can be planted around the margin of the water garden or in more central positions in the pool. Some prefer to be covered with about 125 mm (5 in) of water with their foliage under and their flowers on or above; others like the same depth of water and have their foliage and flowers above water. Some float and require no soil at all. These usually have to be wintered in a greenhouse. Some like to be covered with 300 to 375 mm (12 to 15 in) of water and have both foliage and flowers floating on the surface. Study a good aquatic catalogue and make your choice. I can recommend the following for your consideration:

  • THE WATER GLADIOLI
  • THE WATER FORGET-ME-NOT
  • THE MANNA GRASS
  • THE REED MACE
  • THE WATER HAWTHORN
  • THE WATER POPPY
  • THE MARSH MARIGOLD
  • THE WATER IRIS
  • THE WATER MUSK

Submerged Oxygenators

The submerged oxygenating plants are most essential. They absorb the carbon dioxide and retain the carbon for their own growth, returning the oxygen to the water for use by other plants. They work every day to keep the water clear. Submerged aquatics provide the necessary shade and shelter for young fish. Some of them are a source of food for the fish and provide them with the mineral salts they require. Be careful never to introduce duckweed or azolla into a pool.

Good submerged oxygenating aquatics are:

  • WATER MILFOIL
  • WATER STARWORT
  • WATER VIOLET
  • WATER LOBELIA Likes shallow water.
  • WATER CROWSFOOT

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