A couple or five questions regarding pond plants if I may.
1. Clearing the pond of some algae today I noticed that the baskets of brooklime I planted has deteriorated but the stems reaching into the water appear to have rooted but with minimal growth at the tips. Is this normal and should I just ditch the pots and leave what remains to do it's thing? Loose pieces of brooklime floating about the pond, should I just throw these back in?
2. Water forget me nots and lesser spearwort. I lifted the pots out to clear the algae that was covering them and to clear out all the dead tangled stems. Do they need to be cut back at any point?
3. Algae and waterlilies - when the algae grows and covered over the pot under the water does it impede the growth of the waterlily? I have been ignoring it so as not to agitate the waterlilies but I can't but help thinking I should try to keep them clear of it.
4. When clearing out the algae - I use a cane and a net and can't but help bringing the hornwort out along with it. I am untangling it and storing it in some pond water until I've finished. Is this the right thing to do?
I have left the algae on the pond edge so any critters can make their way back in. I think I may be getting a bit pernickety over such matters, so please excuse me.