Egeria densa 'Submerged Plants'
These plants certainly are attractive, but their ability to remove nitrates and other nutrients from pond water is what defines their value to the pond or water garden. These nutrients are the end products of a natural process called the "Nitrogen Cycle". This cycle is the biological process of naturally occurring aerobic bacteria breaking down organic waste in the pond (plant waste, fish waste, and/or organic debris from outside the pond) and converting it into nitrate, a nutrient absorbed by plant life, particularly algae. Put simply, nitrate contributes greatly to excessive algae. Nitrate is used by ornamental pond plants, though it is very limited. Conversely, Submerged Plants readily uptake this nutrient, effectively "starving" the algae. They are an essential part of an ecologically "balanced" pond. The type of submerged plant varies. Typically Anacharis(photo shown) is shipped, however, this season Anacharis has not been readily available. Foxtail will most likely be shipped. It is reddish brown in color and provides the same benefits as Anacharis.
These plants are sold in bunches of unrooted cuttings (approx. 5-7 stems, 6-8" long). Plant in sand or Aquatic Planting Media
in a Lilypons Planting Container
and stock at the rate of 1 to 2 bunches per square foot of overall pond surface area. Do not fertilize, as this will encourage further nutrient uptake from the water. They grow completely submerged, and are winter hardy if protected from freeze. These plants are susceptible to damage from fish "grazing" during winter months. Note:
Submerged plants are not recommended for ponds with large Koi. All aquatic plants are priced bare-root and are intended for use in enclosed bodies of water. Check with your local extension agency prior to adding any aquatic plants to a non- enclosed environment. Shipment prohibited to: AL, AZ, CA, CO, Cook County IL, CT, IN, ID, MA, MI, ME, MT, Nassau County NY, NV, NH, OR, UT, VT, WA, WI, WY