Aquatic(POND)Plants/Water Plants/Information & Advice - Rochester NY Acorn Ponds & Waterfalls 585.442.6373 Serving Pittsford, Penfield, Irondequoit, Webster, Brighton & Rochester New York (NY) Area
The addition of aquatic plants or water plants to your pond in Rochester (NY) and surrounding towns of Pittsford, Penfield, Brighton, Irondequoit and more in the Monroe County New York (NY) area, have many benefits and are an important part of the ecosystem. Aquatic Plants are Mother Nature’s true filters. Plants are great for adding character to a pond by providing color and texture, but from afiltrationperspective, they’re second to none. Thriving from the excess nutrients in a pond and deprivingalgaeof its food source, the aquatic plants in a water garden, given proper coverage, are critical for the overall health of the ecosystem. Contact us today to schedule your design and installation of new aquatic plants for your pond or water garden.
Introduction To Aquatic Plants
Aquatic pond plants aren't just used in the the Rochester (NY) water garden to provide beauty and naturalization - they also serve the very important function of helping to balance the pond ecosystem. Their valuable biological filtration helps remove nitrogen, ammonia, nitrates, and other minerals that algae would otherwise feed on. In addition, the plants provide food, shade, and protection for the fish and wildlife that live in and around the pond. Typically, they are divided into four groups - water lilies, marginals, floating plants, and submerged plants.
Water lilies in the Rochester (NY) areas including Pittsford, Webster, Greece, Brighton and more in the Monroe County New York (NY) area are available in hardy and tropical varieties. They both come in a wide variety of colors, shapes, and sizes and the leaves provide fish with shade from the heat of the summer sun, cooling the water and making algae control easier too. READ MORE...
Marginals are the plants illustrated in the top of this image and do best in shallow water.
Marginal aquatics are the plants found growing around the edges (margins) of a water garden. They add valuable filtration to the pond and they remove elements that would otherwise feed algae.
To create a natural-looking pond, a good selection of marginal plants is very important. There are hundreds of varieties - hardy and tropical - that come in all shapes, sizes, textures, and flower colors.
Floating aquatic plants float on the water surface while their roots hang down into the water. Most are tropical, but a few are hardy perennials in climates with hard winter freezes. These plants may be used to shade the water, helping with summer algae control.
Plants such as hyacinth and water lettuce do a great job of disguising the open top of the BIOFALLS® filter, while providing excellent filtration. Use a stick across the spillway to keep the waterfall from carrying the plants over and into the pond. They can also be floated in the pond, however care must be taken to make sure that they don't end up in the skimmer.
Submerged Aquatic Plants
Submerged plants are commonly referred to as oxygenators, but this is a false description. These plants do produce oxygen during the day, but at night and on cloudy days, the cycle is reversed and they use oxygen and produce carbon dioxide. These plants are still important allies in creating a well-balanced water feature by using nutrients in the water. They also provide great hiding places for baby fish.
Fertilizing Aquatic Plants
Fertilizing water lilies is necessary to encourage a greater number of larger flowers. Time-released, granular fertilizer, mixed into the soil at the bottom of the pot or plant pocket is a great way to fertilize lilies at the time of planting. Any other time, however, it would be messy and inconvenient. That's when lily fertilizer tablets work great.
A relative of the water lily, the water lotus will spread across the pond and compete for its attention. More than one lotus plant can look overwhelming in smaller ponds, so pond owners must choose the correct variety for the area they have available. Because of their large leaves, lotuses are so-called heavy feeders, therefore requiring so much of the sun’s attention. In order to truly thrive, they need full, day-long sunlight. READ MORE...
Tropical Aquatic Plants
The flowers of tropical water lilies sit above the water and come in the typical whites, yellows, pinks, and reds. Unique to tropical water lilies are the blue shades - light blue to deep purple. Flowers are also more often fragrant and there are varieties available that bloom at night.
Although tropical lilies are only hardy to zones 10 and 11, they can be planted in colder zones when the water temperature is consistently above 70? F and treated as annuals or over-wintered, if given proper care.
The Added Touch
Aquatic plants are not only beautiful to behold, but they provide a necessary function in maintaining a healthy ecosystem in your water garden. They remove nutrients from the water that would otherwise feed algae. They also provide shade, food, and protection for the fish and wildlife that inhabit your pond.
A variety of pond plants are available for you to create interesting focal points within your water garden. A cluster of water lilies provide striking pops of colors at the water's surface, while flowering marginals add texture, color, and depth to the pond's edge. Your fish will appreciate the shelter and nutrition that submerged plants provide. When planning your design scheme for aquatic plants, remember that variety is the spice of pond life!
Aquatic Plant Maintenance
To keep your Rochester (NY) area water feature looking fresh and healthy, remove yellowing or dead leaves from plant growth. Not only will your pond look more manicured, but you'll keep the dead plant material from decaying in the water.
When your pond plants become too big, divide them up. You can give the additional plants to friends & family!
View some of our favorite pond plants below!
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