RubyLeafRubyLeaf Posts: 115

My grandad brought me a new oxygenating plant today, one that has no clear roots on it and came wrapped in a metal band to tie them together.

Thing is I'm not sure what it is and I'm pretty sure I shouldn't of took that band off and left it on the surface of the pond! I think I saw Monty Don with these things and I swear they are supposed to sink!

Please help!


  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,221

    Yes they generally do have roots and the little metal band acts as a sinker until they make some, but if it's the type I'm thinking of the roots will grow in a couple of weeks anyway.

  • RubyLeafRubyLeaf Posts: 115

    Ack! What a foolish mistake I made then by taking the metal band off! I feel like such an idiot lol.

    I will have to get a new metal band or something so they can sink. I hope they don't die from floating on the surface..

  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,221

    No, they are good swimmers.

  • RubyLeafRubyLeaf Posts: 115

    So... will I need the metal band or will they sink/root by themselves?image

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 15,411

    What you could do is to get a smallish stone and fasten the bottoms of the plant stems to it with an elastic band or string. This will act as a replacement weight for the lead band they came with and hold the plants at the bottom until they take root. Even if they just stay on the surface they will come to no harm whatsoever as Waterbutts commented.

    I fear the day that technology will surpass human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots. Albert Einstein.
  • RubyLeafRubyLeaf Posts: 115

    Thanks for the help peeps image Saw one fish under the cluster yesterday so I'll leave it like that!

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