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Pond Plant Care

Pond Plant Care isn't difficult once you understand what they require. Here's what you need to know about Pond Plant Care.

Substrate

Before you start digging, remember that most aquatic plants require a minimum of five hours of direct sunlight per day. And, like any other plants, pond plants require certain nutrients for optimal health. Water garden plants get carbon dioxide, potassium, magnesium and calcium primarily from the water but they can receive nitrogen, phosphorus, sulphur and other trace nutrients from the substrate. Providing these nutrients in the substrate helps prevent algae from utilizing them and proliferating. Clay or other iron-containing substrates mixed with organic material are the best choices for a nutrient-rich substrate. Try building the bottom layer with iron-rich clay, the middle layer with garden soil mixed with peat and the top layer with one inch of aquarium gravel.
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