Thereby plant islands as an enrichment of the pond environment have not only an aesthetic but above all a practical value - in many respects.
These are our wonderful KOIPON® plant islands for the pond. Various pond and marsh plants (primarily reduction plants) are planted on them. Fish like Koi and goldfish love them!
Sizes and forms of the plant islands vary and can be purchased according to preference and need - as well as the planting with us.
Our robust and hand-sewn textile mats serve as the basic material for the floating bodies. They are excellently suited as vegetation aids and are indestructible. The material is particularly resistant and also allows the extensive colonisation of useful microorganisms and bacteria. Already after a short time the roots of the plants penetrate through the floating mat into the water and thus become part of the cycle in the pond.
In our shop you will also find suitable seasonal plants for easy planting of the islands without previous knowledge. They all extract nutrients from the pond, which could otherwise become the nutritional basis of algae.
Fish in the pond?
In addition, the pond islands have a safety net on the underside. This is so fine that the fish can still nibble at the roots, but do not destroy the plants. It also serves the fish as a source of shade, spawning aid and protection from natural predators such as herons and cats.
In the case of the KOIPON® plant islands, for example, there is nothing more necessary than to easily break open the moist bales of the plants and place them in the desired position on the island. Loosening the plant bales in this way is a good way of ensuring that as many of the root strands as possible get to the important nutrients in the water and do not remain trapped. In order to limit the freedom of movement of the plant island on the pond surface, our fastening anchors are perfect.
Why do the plants on my plant island not grow? Jürgen Z.
Both the specific position of the island in the pond and the arrangement of the individual plants can influence the respective growth. What is too much sun or shade for one plant is just right for the next. The most decisive factor for whether (and how) the plants grow on a plant island, however, is the nutrient load of the respective garden pond. All types of plants - both intentional and unintentional - need nutrients (especially phosphates and nitrates) in order to thrive. This inevitably means that in a pond that already blooms before algae and green water, only a few or no nutrients remain for the growth of the plants on the islands. In order to be able to produce at all only again equal conditions, floating or thread algae must be fought accordingly.
Which plants are particularly suitable for planting the swimming islands in the pond? Henrik J.
Reposition plants such as the dwarf rifle, sedges, marsh marigolds, water mint, marsh forget-me-not, mimolus, buttercup or pennywort, i.e. those plants which are primarily chosen as stocking for the floating islands, are not called upon for nothing to renature their surroundings or have a positive effect on an ecological balance. They all deprive the pond of nutrients that could otherwise become the food basis for algae. Especially rush plants and sedges, which produce citric acid in order to absorb phosphate from the pond, are regarded as natural prevention of a nutrient overhang.