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UK bans sale of five invasive non-native aquatic plants


while Googling for “pond oxygenating plants” I came across this BBC report from 2013 – thought it might be of interest – don’t suppose any GoYer has any of these banned plants, but …

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I bought parrot feathers last summer! It did spectacularly badly - can't say that it was at all invasive in my sink pond and i pulled the pot out and discarded the contents into a bag of compost (now feeding hostas)

The ban hasn't meant that native plants are more available. You would think that I had used a rude word last week when I asked for hornwort. I have frogbit on order but the chap in the pond shop warned me that he might not be able to get either.

17 May, 2015


If you can't get any Urbanite drop me a line. i have a bit and could send you one or two - they soon spread.

17 May, 2015


Thanks Stera - the pond men at Staunton Harold say they should be available in June. That's the difference between an aquarium shop that does ponds and a pond shop that does aquariums.

21 May, 2015


The experts win every time...

22 May, 2015


Yes - I've now switched aquarium shop. As it was 'handy', I went to my old aquarium shop, the one I frequented when I had two big tanks in the 90s. The shop used to have a really good reputation for aquarium and ponds - but it looks like the owner has moved on/sold up or just passed it down to the next generation - there seemed to be six or seven 20-something's serving (where it used to be one man).
So now I'm going to another aquarium specialist for aquarium stuff and out to Staunton Harold for my pond stuff (and they do aquarium as well but it's a bit of a drive)

23 May, 2015

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