Growing Coontail Plants in your Pond
If you have a pond in your backyard and have fishes, ducks or other aquatic animals you might have considered giving them a natural habitat to live in. One of the plants that act as a natural habitat for these aquatic animals and insects are the Coontail plants.
Coontail is an aquatic plant which grows under water and is a natural food for water animals like fishes, ducks, and waterfowl which directly feed on them. These Coontails can grow deep underwater and their growth continues in winter season as well. They are olive green in color, and the leaves are whorled with many forks which have prolonged ends. Coontail can be found in ponds and lakes, and they float freely on water. The flowers are blue in color and bloom during summers.
The fluctuating water levels and turbidity do not extinguish the plant's survival. In fact, the broken stems that are carried away with water can grow into new plants. Cottontails are submerged perennial plants and have medium fertility requirements. They have high anaerobic tolerance and do not produce roots.
Cottontails have active growth period during summers and have multiple stem growth. After harvesting the growth of the plant is slow and it can grow in fine as well as coarse-textured soil. Coontail plants have a moderate lifespan and are fine textured. The minimum temperature in which they grow is -38 °F. The pH level required for this plant to produce ranges from 6 to 8.6; however there can be exceptions as well.
One of the significant drawbacks of Coontails is that they grow in abundance in pond water due to the presence of excessive nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorous. Their extravagant appearance can be controlled by using fertilizers and various biological, physical and chemical control techniques. If you cut or rake these plants, they can still grow with the leftover fragments, so it is advisable to get rid of the unwanted leaves and stems.
If you want to create a natural habitat in your pond for fishes and water animals, then Coontail plants are the best for you. They will provide the right environment for your fishes and ducks to which they will adapt easily.