Watercress, Nasturtium Officinale | The well-known pond bank plant
Chris van der Velde
Watercress, also called Nasturtium Officinale, is an aquatic plant that belongs on the bank of a pond. This riparian plant is not only suitable for the bank of a pond, as the plant can also be used for cooking. Want to know more about this plant? Then read on quickly.
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All about watercress
- What kind of aquatic plant is watercress?
- How do you plant watercress?
- Growing watercress, how does it work?
- Which riparian plant is a better choice for the pond?
What kind of aquatic plant is watercress?
Watercress is a riparian plant, Shoreline plants help stabilize the bank, provide shelter and food for aquatic animals, and help stabilize the water values so that the PH value, GH value and KH value of the pond remain in order. Watercress is an aquatic plant known for its sharp, tangy flavor and rich nutrients. It thrives best in flowing water and can grow in ponds as well as streams and rivers.
How do you plant watercress?
The pond plant; Watercress can be planted in shallow water, pressing the roots into the muddy or sandy soil. It is also possible to grow watercress in containers and then place them in shallow water. Planting should be done in a location with plenty of light, but not in direct sunlight, and the water should flow well to keep the plants healthy. Watercress is best planted in the spring and can be harvested when the leaves are large enough.
Growing watercress, how does it work?
To grow watercress, plant the seeds in a shallow container with moist, muddy or sandy soil. Place the container in a location with plenty of light, but not in direct sunlight, and make sure the water flows well to keep the plants healthy. Keep the soil moist and harvest the leaves when they are large enough. Watercress can be grown indoors or outdoors and thrives best in cool, running water.
Which riparian plant is a better choice for the pond?
Some major disadvantages of the riparian plant; watercress are that it is an invasive species that can easily overgrow and damage the other plants in the pond if the plant is not pruned regularly. Also, planting watercress in a pond can cause clogging of the water flow and filter mechanism, which can lead to water quality problems. For this reason, it is better to choose riparian plants where you do not suffer from these drawbacks such as: Swanflower (Butomus Umbellatus), Lischodder (Typha latifolia), Iris (Lis) and Pikeweed (Pontederia Cordata)..
Frequently asked questions about watercress
Yes, the riparian plant watercress is hardy.
The time from growing to cultivation takes about 2 months.
Simon van der Velde
Pond specialist and aquatic plant grower since 1986
Simon's vision is to let nature do its work in your pond. No need to buy all kinds of measuring equipment and water improvers. If the fish are swimming nicely and the plants are growing well, then the water in the pond is of good quality. With a good planting plan and the right approach, you can save a lot of money and maintenance, and ensure a clear, biologically balanced pond that becomes more beautiful every year.