B&Q aquatic plants scanning at £1 instore (were £6.50)
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B&Q aquatic plants scanning at £1 instore (were £6.50)

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Found 14th Jul 2014Made hot 19th Jul 2014
Bit of a niche bargain this one. Went to B&Q yesterday to get a few more aquatic plants for the pond, chose 3 and they scanned at £1 each instead of the labelled £6.50. Went back today and grabbed a few more just for the other contents, still £1 each.

Each box contains:
1-3 plant roots (depending on plant chosen)
Bag of aquatic compost
Bag of gravel
15cm planting basket

This was from the Stafford store, they had quite a few varieties from marginal iris and rushes to deep planted lillies. Some roots looked a bit past it, especially the bog iris, but the lillies are in great shape. Labelled as Verve but also says 'Brought to you by B&Q' so guessing their own brand.

I know this is very unlikely to get heat as you'd need a pond before it was worthwhile, but hopefully it helps someone

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Original Poster

The kit is a slightly smaller version of this one on ebay:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Nymphaea-Attraction-Red-UK-Hardy-Water-Lily-Lilies-Complete-Potting-Pack-/221204773318?pt=UK_HomeGarden_Garden_PlantsSeedsBulbs_JN&hash=item3380d4f9c6

They had red and white 'normal' lillies with the yellow center as shown in the picture but also ones without a center as such in yellow/white/pink (double pink?). I'm setting up a veg filter for my pond so needed baskets regardless, the plants themselves are a great freebie!


Stopped using aquatic compost, only use gravel now with feeding sticks, best plants, lillies I've ever had
Clear pond, full of wild life, biggest healthy plants... and only cleaned/emptied and relined it 4 months ago....
I did the main fish pond last year and it's also superb....never will I use soil or compost again
Some small amount of soil will be blown in from the garden... but not enough to change the levels

Research suggests that the compost breaks down and produces toxic substances, worse when combines with leaf
and other debris over time...silts to the bottom poisoning the pond and only way to shift it is dredge it all out and
change most of the water....and not to use compost/soil for plants they get everything they need from the sticks and water.

Original Poster

I was thinking about this myself, I need no nutrients so the compost isn't that necessary. Mine are in a veg filter fed by my pond, they are there to eat nitrates so taking anything from the compost is a bad idea in my case. Out of interest do you use fine or course gravel? Was reading a site last week that suggested some plants do great with just a few large rocks whereas others like lillies seem to work better in finer stuff.

Out of interest do you use fine or course gravel?



Have used both depends on size/age of plant...no more clogging up the filter with soil/compost the fish has disturbed
when racking the bottom, or clogging/chocking of the oxygenating plants with floating soil
This really does work well...easy mantainance can see any rubbish to remove

Original Poster

Looks like I don't need them anymore, my pond broke

A floating plant clogged the outlet on the veg filter, emptying the entire pond. The water soaked into the ground and, combined with the low water levels, led to one entire wall of the pond collapsing. Fish are OK but its gonna be a git to fix, serves me right really as I heard it making noises last night but left it as I'd had a drink.

tek-monkey

Looks like I don't need them anymore, my pond broke :(A floating plant … Looks like I don't need them anymore, my pond broke :(A floating plant clogged the outlet on the veg filter, emptying the entire pond. The water soaked into the ground and, combined with the low water levels, led to one entire wall of the pond collapsing. Fish are OK but its gonna be a git to fix, serves me right really as I heard it making noises last night but left it as I'd had a drink.



This is why you should always raise the inlets for any pond pump to be towards the top of the pond.

Original Poster

bma1445

This is why you should always raise the inlets for any pond pump to be … This is why you should always raise the inlets for any pond pump to be towards the top of the pond.



My pond was at ground level, that was fine. It was the veg filter that leaked and that was above ground

30x15 pond. No filter just a small pump and its clear,full of Orfe. Plenty waterlilies,good shade from a nearby tree and gunnera.

Bought some of these w lilies for 50p @ b&q,looked dead,but have come on fine.

tek-monkey

My pond was at ground level, that was fine. It was the veg filter that … My pond was at ground level, that was fine. It was the veg filter that leaked and that was above ground



The level of the pond isn't the problem - you should just make sure that the pipe taking water out of the pond to any filter is at the top of the pond (i would recommend no more than 6 inches below the waterline). Just to avert another disaster! That way, if anything leaks, you'll only lose 6" of water.

northwaleskoi.co.uk/art…jpg should show it a bit better :).

Original Poster

My pond outlet was above the waterline, the problem was the pump at the bottom of the pond pumping out! Would have been fine if gravity fed but my kit is all pressurised, which I am seriously considering replacing right now. To be fair all I needed was an emergency overflow on the veg filter in case the main ones blocked, that emptied direct into the pond. I had the stuff to do it too, just hadn't got around to it. Hell, even if i'd put a pipe like in your diagram, but no I just had tank connectors in the side

Great price, voted hot. Nothing wrong with posting 'niche items' OP.

poor tek. hope it comes good for you.

Original Poster

Meathotukdeals

poor tek. hope it comes good for you.



A lot of work ahead but it'll be fine. Goes against my HUKD mantra but am just gonna get a small loan and do the lot properly, sod the cost. The fish can't stay in a paddling pool in this heat even if it is 8' wide, so just gonna cough up and build one bricked all the way down with a bottom drain and a wall skimmer.

Original Poster

hooray henry

30x15 pond. No filter just a small pump and its clear,full of Orfe. … 30x15 pond. No filter just a small pump and its clear,full of Orfe. Plenty waterlilies,good shade from a nearby tree and gunnera.Bought some of these w lilies for 50p @ b&q,looked dead,but have come on fine.



They were 50p at yours?

tek-monkey

They were 50p at yours?


Yep last year and there were loads.

Original Poster

Damnit, I was robbed!
Edited by: "tek-monkey" 20th Jul 2014
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