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Postcards 08-09-2003 03:04 AM

Soil for pond plants?
 
What sort of soil should I use for repotting pond plants? Is ordinary
potting soil ok?


groovy 08-09-2003 10:32 AM

Soil for pond plants?
 
"Postcards" wrote in message
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What sort of soil should I use for repotting pond plants? Is ordinary
potting soil ok?


Just about anything has been used successfully. Sand, gravel, cat litter,
cow dung, clay, and mixtures of the above. I use some of my sandy
gravelly soil with some plant food spikes buried in there where the
phosphorous can't leech out and cause green water problems.

Remember, if the compost is too light or dry it will float away.




Jerrispond 08-09-2003 04:22 PM

Soil for pond plants?
 
Just about anything has been used successfully. Sand, gravel, cat litter,
cow dung, clay, and mixtures of the above. I use some of my sandy
gravelly soil with some plant food spikes buried in there where the
phosphorous can't leech out and cause green water problems.


all of the above are ok.....potting soil is NOT OK It is too light and will
float qway....Make sure if using cat litter it is NOT the clumping kind and
that it is well rinsed.....I personally pot in 1-2 inch gravel, and let the
fish fertilize them Jerri

http://www.fringeweb.com/Ponds/JerrisPond

Gregory Young 09-09-2003 01:07 AM

Soil for pond plants?
 
I'm with Jerri:
I have Koi, and use pea gravel for all my aquatic plants.
Koi aren't attracted to pots containing stone/gravel like they are to those
with clay, which by instinct they will root around in.
Results, I have great plants and great Koi, together.
Happy ponding,
Greg

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"Jerrispond" wrote in message
...
Just about anything has been used successfully. Sand, gravel, cat litter,
cow dung, clay, and mixtures of the above. I use some of my sandy
gravelly soil with some plant food spikes buried in there where the
phosphorous can't leech out and cause green water problems.


all of the above are ok.....potting soil is NOT OK It is too light and

will
float qway....Make sure if using cat litter it is NOT the clumping kind

and
that it is well rinsed.....I personally pot in 1-2 inch gravel, and let

the
fish fertilize them Jerri


http://www.fringeweb.com/Ponds/JerrisPond



Jim 09-09-2003 10:27 PM

Soil for pond plants?
 
What sort of soil should I use for repotting pond plants?

I use pea gravel.

Jim
Zone 8a - Dallas, Texas
Pond, Veggie Filter, Pond Maintenance & Pond Tour Pics:
http://community.webshots.com/user/dallas75248

Simon Avery 10-09-2003 04:42 PM

Soil for pond plants?
 
Postcards wrote:

Hello Postcards

P What sort of soil should I use for repotting pond plants? Is
P ordinary potting soil ok?

Any normal soil, ime. Compost, humous and nutrient-rich soil is
discouraged because it can promote algae bloom in the water.

It's a tradeoff, basically. You want soil good enough for the plant to
thrive, but not so rich it spoils the surrounding pond. Different
plants may require different soils, but generally I've found generic
topsoil is about right.

Garden centres sometimes sell specific water plant soil, but that's
just normal soil that's been washed clean of nutrients and is very
expensive.

And top off with any gravel or grit.

--
Simon Avery, Dartmoor, UK http://www.digdilem.org/


thomasscam 25-04-2011 06:00 PM

Its true that some pond plant need more minerals and special bacterias to grow better. For them you can use pond soil or sea soil other then you can re-pot then normally.

kathateria 15-05-2011 01:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by thomasscam (Post 918969)
Its true that some pond plant need more minerals and special bacterias to grow better. For them you can use pond soil or sea soil other then you can re-pot then normally.

I used aquatic compost,and wish I hadnt.The water went green.
I scooped it out,changed 50% of the water and replaced the compost with gravel. Its clear now.


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