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Brooklime, Bog bean & Milfoil bunches.

I have just received my first order from Naturescape, the plants look good and healthy. How should I plant them, or which can be treated as pond floaters?

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  • JellyfireJellyfire SuffolkPosts: 964
    edited July 2018
    Brooklime and Bog Bean can go in the marginal edges or shallow water, they should spread readily and raft into the water. Brooklime is quite dainty but tough as old boots, it will grow in the soil around edges or in a few inches of water, bog bean is a bit sturdier and can be up to about 9inches deep but just as happy shallower or in mud at edges, will send out quite long stems in all directions. The milfoil should just be weighted and sunk
  • Gosh Jellyfire that was a quick reply, thanks for helping out with the pond plants, I looked in a couple of books but they didn't give enough detail on the planting positions, only telling me what the plants looked like when mature. Will they all survive the winter - our pond partly froze over for a day or two last winter, although we do have a stream and that wasn't effected by the cold.
  • JellyfireJellyfire SuffolkPosts: 964
    Theyre all native (presuming you have got native milfoil), so they should be absolutely fine even if you freeze up
  • Yes, they are native, I particularly want to keep the garden as native as possible, that is almost impossible but any new permanent planting has been mostly native
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,859
    I’ve got the two but not the bog bean, just chuck it in. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Lyn, I have just thrown in the Milfoil (with weights) and planted the bog bean and Brooklime into baskets on the shelf, just a few inches deep.  The package came with a few snails too!
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,859
    That’s good, about the snails, you’ll find the Brooklime will spread across the pond in no time. You’ll be pulling it out next year! 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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