Pond Plants in DIY Fish Pond

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How to Grow Pond Plants in DIY Fish Pond:

A number of fish species can be introduced in pond having tough plants without any problem. The leaves of DIY Pond Plants are best for nipping & some species will take advantage of water wisteria leaves.

DIY Pond plants are gorgeous & are best for novice. They can be introduced in a small pond with a good filter. It is easy to propagate pond plants. When Water Wisteria grows, its leaves provide extensive foliage that looks best in the pond background.

Pond plants are hardy & do not require high maintenance. The size of pond plant can be very large for example its height can reach 20 inches when it is kept in a typical position, so it looks best in the background. The growth of DIY pond plants is either upward or outward, & a single bunch of the plant can be 10 inches in width, which makes it the best choice & needs trimming in case your pond size is small.

Additional carbon dioxide is not required & also there is no need for too much lighting.

We have put DIY pond plants in a netted pot before introducing them to pond. Net pot is made up of rigid plastic mesh & it helps in drainage & air circulation. It can help develop healthy root system as roots receive moisture & nutrients from the water flowing through the mesh.


Water Wisteria:

Water Wisteria is very important for your pond. Water Wisteria grows when submerged. It can be transplanted & propagated easily so this plant is rated for novice. Water Wisteria is available at a number of fish stores & it can be obtained from garden supply & pond equipment centers. High care is not required & maintenance is simple. Water Wisteria helps in oxygenation & can assist in meeting the biological needs of the fish.

Water Wisteria produces green leaves that seem like ferns. The leaves of Water Wisteria grows up to 10 cm. They are produced in opposite direction from each other from small branches. The leaves on vertical branches of Water Wisteria that reach water surface change its shape & they start growing while floating on water surface. If Water Wisteria floats on the surface of water, it can flower too. The leaves of branches of this plant are weak. Branches are grown in horizontal & vertical direction. The horizontal runners produce roots in substrate & can make vertical branches as well. The runners will ultimately become vertical branches.

Water Wisteria can grow at fastest rate when it is submerged & kept in moderate light. Water Wisteria can grow happily but a little slowly when kept in low lighting. This plant can endure in pH ranging from 5 – 9 & the best temperature for Water Wisteria is from 20 to 28 Degree Celsius. Water Wisteria is a tropical plant.


Water Wisteria Overview
Water Wisteria


Water Wisteria is a hardy plant that was originally known as an ornamental tank plant but hobbyists now keep this plant in ponds. Water Wisteria needs low maintenance & offers needed nutrition to the ecosystem of the pond.

Water Wisteria can easily propagate itself. The ends of the floating branches can break off water wisteria into small pieces. The small floating pieces that enters the substrate bed can produce roots & form new plants.

Water Wisteria can be propagated through cutting. It is advisable to cut off a branch with only 6 leaves on it. Trim the bottom 2 leaves off & put them in a netted pot & fill it with gravel & put it inside pond. It will make roots fast.


Grow Water Wisteria in Pond:

It is easy to grow Water Wisteria in pond. Modern to bright lights are the best condition for this plant but it can grow even in low lighting.

This plant can grow either floating on surface or rooted in gravel, in shallow water. It can reach a height of 20 inches & 10 inches wide, but if pond conditions are not best, for example in case of low light, it can cause narrower leaves & its size in smaller.


Planting water wisteria
Planting water wisteria


I added water wisteria to a netted pot. Then filled it with substrate to protect wisteria from getting hurt. Ensure you do not accidentally damage stem or roots of plants & plant is located at the center of the netted pot before filling it up with substrate. Also choose a large netted pot because this plant can grow fast up to 50 cm.

Introducing water wisteria to pond
Introducing water wisteria to pond


Rinse the pot, gravel & plant before adding it to aquarium to remove impurities. Put the pot at the bottom of aquarium & ensure it is fully submerged. Fill the pond slowly with de-chlorinated water. 

Watch how to grow DIY pond plants in a pond in a video below:




Attach java fern to driftwood


Make sure you wash driftwood & java fern before adding it to pond. Boil driftwood, or structure before putting them in pond.


Java fern is inside the bucket & driftwood is on the table
Java fern is inside the bucket & driftwood is on the table


Boil driftwood to remove all the germs & tannins. Make sure driftwood is dried before gluing Java Fern to it.

Attaching Java Fern to driftwood is a good idea. However, there are other possible ways to complete this process too.


Big plant & glue
Big plant is on the left side, & glue I have used is on the right side of above photo


I am using non drip gel for gluing java fern to driftwood.


I have attached java fern to the spot shown in left side photo
I have attached java fern to the spot shown in left side photo


I have found spot on driftwood where java fern can be attached. Attaching Java Fern to driftwood can be completed in a number of ways. As long as rhizome of java fern is attach to the driftwood, java fern will be stable & will grow well. The roots of Java Ferns can absorb nutrients from water.


Do not glue java fern roots to driftwood
Do not glue java fern roots to driftwood

Do not glue roots of java fern to driftwood because they are used for absorbing fish waste & help the growth of plant.

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