Caring for a pond can be a great way to spend your time. After you put your pond together, you may want to watch the variety of pond plants thrive. It can be frustrating if your plants don’t grow and flourish properly. It becomes even less of a joy when you see your plants begin to die and are not sure why this is happening. Of course, you will want to correct the problem, but the only way to do that is to find out why your plants are dying in the first place. Here are the possible issues your water plants are dying:
One of the top reasons your water plants are dying is due to the pH level of your water. A neutral pond water pH level is around seven. You will notice plants starting to die once the level of pH in your pond reaches eight-and-a-half or higher. This is not conducive to water plant growth. The solution is for you to bring down the pH of your pond by maybe using water drops. In fact, each time it rains or there is a water change, you might want to check the pH level of your water and to adjust it.
Check Your Plant Variety
Are you sure all your plant varieties are water plants? Check each plant’s water requirement to ensure that your plants are all the correct variety. Double-check to see if your pond contains everything your plants need to thrive.
A pond that does not have enough aeration will cause a toxic muck buildup in the bottom. Water disturbance through heavy rain will bring up the toxicity and will cause your plants to die. Make sure you aerate your pond appropriately to avoid this.
Plants may not thrive in chemical-laden pond water. This means that you need to check exactly what chemicals are going into your pond and whether or not your plants will thrive in the presence of these chemicals. Find plant-friendly products to use exclusively in your pond. Read all the labels of your pond chemicals carefully to avoid the death of your plants
Temperature and Humidity
Water plants are not going to thrive in the wrong temperature. Find out if you have the right levels of humidity and temperature for the varieties of plants you plan to grow. Use a thermometer to check the average temperature of your pond accurately. Some plant varieties thrive only in certain temperatures and finding out what these will be to your benefit.
When you notice that your water plants are crowded and don’t have enough space between them, they may not be getting the right amount of sunshine since they are shading each other. Without sunlight, no photosynthesis can take place. On the other hand, too much sunshine can also cause harm. It can be harmful to plants to be exposed to too much UV rays without sufficient shade, so finding the right balance is the key.