Can I use normal compost for my pond plants? Do pond plants need fertiliser?
We would ideally recommend that you always use proper aquatic compost for all submerged aquatics plants in garden ponds and streams.
Aquatic Compost is a medium to heavy loam soil. It will hold water and nutrients without floating to the surface. It is free from fertiliser and herbicides and therefore is safe for all fish and aquatic life. It will also not encourage algae growth.
We sell several different types of soil and substrate which you choose according to the types of plants that you want to grow.
General Marginal Plants like Iris, grasses etc will require our regular aquatic plant soil. This contains all of the required nutrients for them to grow healthy. It is also guaranteed to be acid free, and not effect your water chemistry.
Water lilies are best planted in 'Lelite' this is our lily compost. It is fortified with blue loam and nutrients to encourage lots of good flowers. The light structure allows oxygen around the roots and prevents choking.
Oxygenating plants will do far better in 'Super Densa' this substrate is light and porous and perfect for these fast growing plants.
It is also a good idea to cover the top of the pots with gravel. This will keep the soil in place, and should stop the fish from digging the plants up.
As an added extra it is a good idea to use some plant fertiliser tablets in the pots in the Spring. This will set the plants up for the year ahead, especially Water lilies.
All of the products mentioned above are available in our shop! To keep up to date with plant availability follow our Facebook page where we will post plant availability weekly through the water gardening season.