Floating plants help keep water clear and free of algae. They shade the water to reduce light and they remove nitrates essential for algae growth. They help protect fish from predators such as herons by providing cover and the roots are a great place for fish and wildlife to lay eggs. They spread by sending runners to form young plants. Ideally one to two thirds of the ponds surface should be covered with floating plants
We stock seven varieties of floating plant, two are native to the UK. Amongst those 7 is the hardy strain of Trappa natans which are native to Europe, although they require a good summer to survive through a UK winter, they are a lovely addition to a water feature. They are sold loose or in carry away tubs – convenient for retail displays.