Pond Plants Direct - A White Water Lily

July

Water Hyacinth In Flower This month you should be on the alert for any pest infestations on your pond plants, including your waterlilys. Most garden ponds don't suffer too much from these problems, but if they do here are a few tips for dealing with them. Aphids can appear in large numbers and will be found on the underside of the leaves. They nibble at the soft leaf tissue until only the veins remain. Cut of any affected leaves and then jet spray any remaining leaves to dislodge the aphids.

Any holes you find in your waterlily leaves could be sign of infestation by waterlily beetle larvae, and unfortunately all the affected leaves will have to be removed.

August

If you're off on holiday there are a few things you should do before you go.

If you have kind neighbours ask them to switch on any fountains or waterfalls for a short while each day in order to oxygenate the water. If this is not possible, emptying a bucket of clean water, or running a hosepipe into the pond on muggy days, will do some good.

Pontederia Cordata In Flower Fish can generally manage well enough for a couple of weeks as long as there are plenty of plants. For ponds with few plants, block feeders are available.

September

The main job this month is to sit by your pond and enjoy it before the onset of autumn when things begin to wind down. Look out for tiny frogs on lily leaves and baby newts now fully formed and independent. Look for the Ruddy Darter, A beautiful rust coloured member of the dragon fly family that frequents ponds in late summer.

Flowering Schizostylis Admire your plants and maybe add more if you have the room. Remember the surface of your pond should be two thirds covered with plants to create a natural balance, and it is safe to plant up to the end of September.

Continue to lift out any dead plant matter and keep water levels up, as September can sometimes be a hot month.


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