Aquatic plants have different types of habitat: can be wet (riparian), can be in shallow standing water (marsh) and open water (aquatic). Their classification is based on habitat:
Far from being weeds macrophytes or rooted aquatic plants are a natural and essential part of the lake, just as grasses, shrubs and trees are a natural part of the land. Their roots are a fabric for holding sediments in place, reducing erosion and maintaining bottom stability. They provide habitat for fish, including structure for food organisms, nursery areas, foraging and predator avoidance. Waterfowl, shore birds and aquatic mammals use plants to forage on and within, and as nesting materials and cover.
Category : Aquarium and Pond Plant
Aquatic Plant Removal or Control
The content of this database has been 100% contributed by Aquatic Plant Central members, each member is given copyright credit for his textual or graphical submission. Prior to using any of the information/ images from the database, please ask permission of the copyright holder.If you believe that the growth of aquatic plants near your shoreline creates a nuisance, follow the steps below to identify appropriate control options.The introduction of non-native aquatic plants and excessive plant nutrients have created many aquatic plant problems for lakes and streams in Washington. Follow the links to learn about methods that are used to manage aquatic plants in Washington. See the strategies used to eradicate and/or control Eurasian watermilfoil in Washington. Soils for Aquatics Water lilies, lotus, and other aquatic plants do best when they are planted in heavy clay loam soils similar to what you would have in a garden setting. These types of soils are generally well-balanced nutritionally and will support good growth. Commercial potting mixes or other artificial mixes are not used because they are too lightweight and do not hold nutrients for any length of time. So, contrary to other container gardening "rules" do not use an amended soil mix for potting aquatic plants.Gardening with aquatics is similar to other forms of gardening in that you have to be aware of proper soil conditions, kinds of containers, proper planting techniques, fertility needs, and after planting care. What makes water gardening unique is that the plants you grow are growing in a water filled environment. Things like water depth, water temperature and what to do with plants during the winter now become a consideration. How to Plant Aquatics Soil used for planting should be damp. Fill containers about two-thirds full of soil. For hardy water lilies, the rhizome should be placed so that the growing point is directed toward the center and at a slight angle. Look for buds or "eyes," similar to what would be found on a potato to determine which end is the growing point. This is done so that it can grow across the center of the pot. After the rhizome is in place, cover it with soil so that the growing point is just barely above soil level.