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Buying Pond Plants - which is best?

To stock the new pond last year I ordered a lot of plug plants of native species and have had very mixed results so I need some more plants this year.

Potted plants are expensive at £7 a go but would establish and give good cover quickly. 

Plugs are much cheaper but how do I give them the best start?



  • £7 a go is about twice what I'd expect to pay - my local aquatic centre sells most of them at £3.49.

    Pond plants often go short of iron, particularly if they're submerged and not potted into the right soil. A specialist pond or aquarium fertilliser will give them what they need without adding nitrates and phosphates to fuel algae growth.

  • HyppyBykerHyppyByker Posts: 146

    Wish I lived near you then!

    Thanx for the advice on fertiliser - would you go plugs or more established plants?

  • They're quite a big chain Maidenhead Aquatics, maybe there's one near you?

    At £7 a go for pots, I'd definately go with the plugs if that's your only sourcing options! Most native aquatics grow like the clappers but species that invest a lot in their rootstocks like Butomus or Sagittaria might be better as more established plants.

  • marshmellomarshmello Posts: 683

    Just payed slightly over £3 for some nice potted pond plants - £7 is pricey like.

  • lorraine247lorraine247 Posts: 18

    See if any of your friends have some plants they've split and ask if you can buy them or if their close friends i'm sure they'd offer you them for free

  • HyppyBykerHyppyByker Posts: 146

    I found a good website that ships pot grown plants bare root at £2-3 - they've arrived and look really healthy with good roots and top growth so I'm really happy with them.  First job of the long weekend Yay!

    Thanx for all all your replies - made me realise I'm not well served locally!  Lorraine, I'm the keenest garden amongst my friends & neighbours so it's me who'll be giving these away once they're established image

  • lorraine247lorraine247 Posts: 18

    lol..thats very kind of you HyppyByker...maybe you'd like to share the websie image

  • lorraine247lorraine247 Posts: 18

    oops..i mean website image


  • Hi 

    Just found this thread

    I also have problems getting affordable plants for my pond.  Would be grateful HyppyByker if you could share the website. Thanks 

  • DaintinessDaintiness EssexPosts: 980

    I've given away and sourced lots of plants on my local freegle website. I can never understand why pond plants are so expensive especially water lilies as they grow so quickly. Why don't you try your local freegle site, you might be surprised at what other gardeners give away. I'm giving oxygenator and a jar of mud from the bottom of my pond tomorrow to a fellow recycler.

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