Japanese miniature bull rush, very cute and easy to grow. A much better plant for garden ponds than its larger cousins.
Top tip: Will grow quite rapidly to fill the container and is quite a hungry plant, so re-pot every 3-4 years. Dead stems and leaves can be cut back as soon as the plant begins to shoot in the Spring.
Height of plant: 10-50cm from root-shoot junction.
Propagation: Divide early in Spring, potting on sections of roots already showing white/green shoots.
How to plant: Plant into a 5/10lt planting basket using heavy garden loam or Westland Aquatic Soil and place on a shelf in the pond. Fill the planting basket to a depth so that the shoot-root junction of the plant is level with the rim. Hold the plant securely and firm the soil in all around the roots, taking care not to damage them. Fill in with soil until the planting crate is almost filled to the brim with the new shoots just proud of the surface. For aesthetic purposes, the soil can then be top dressed with no more than 1cm of pea gravel, but don’t obscure the shoots.
Recommended planting depth: The planting depth for this plant measured from soil surface to water surface and not including any gravel dressing is 10-25cm.