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Equisetum ramosissimum, commonly known as Branched Horsetail or Green Equisetum, is a unique and ancient aquatic plant that can thrive in pond environments. It belongs to a primitive group of plants and is characterized by jointed, hollow stems with a green, brush-like appearance.

2. Sunlight Requirements: Branched Horsetail prefers partial to full sun conditions. Ensure that your pond receives at least 4 to 6 hours of direct sunlight each day for healthy growth. While it can tolerate some shade, more sunlight typically leads to better development.

3. Water Depth: Plant Equisetum ramosissimum in water with a depth of 2 to 6 inches. This allows the plant to establish its roots in the substrate while remaining partially submerged. It is well-suited for the shallower margins of ponds and water features.

4. Soil and Substrate: Choose a well-draining, sandy or loamy soil mix for planting Branched Horsetail in your pond. Plant the rhizomes or stems directly into the substrate at the recommended water depth. Ensure good contact between the roots and soil.

5. Fertilization: Equisetum ramosissimum generally does not require extensive fertilization in a pond setting. The nutrients present in the pond water should be sufficient for its growth. However, you can use a balanced aquatic plant fertilizer sparingly if growth appears sluggish.

6. Water Quality: Maintain good water quality in your pond. Regularly monitor and adjust the pH levels to keep them between 6.5 and 7.5. Ensure that your pond water is free from pollutants and toxins to promote healthy growth.

7. Pruning and Maintenance: Branched Horsetail is relatively low-maintenance. Trim away dead or overgrown stems as needed to maintain its appearance. Regularly thin out the growth to prevent overcrowding and promote air circulation.

8. Winter Care: Equisetum ramosissimum is generally cold-hardy and can tolerate freezing temperatures. It may die back in the winter and regrow in the spring. Minimal winter care is typically required.

9. Pests and Diseases: The Branched Horsetail is generally resistant to pests and diseases in pond environments. However, occasional inspection for signs of aphids or snails is a good practice. Treat any infestations promptly with appropriate pesticides if necessary.

10. Wildlife Attraction: The unique structure of Equisetum ramosissimum can provide valuable habitat for aquatic insects, amphibians, and small pond creatures. It may also serve as a spawning area for fish.

By following these care guidelines, you can successfully cultivate Equisetum ramosissimum (Branched Horsetail or Green Equisetum) in your pond. This ancient and unique aquatic plant not only adds a distinctive and naturalistic touch to your pond but also contributes to a healthy aquatic ecosystem by providing habitat and shelter for various pond inhabitants.

 

PLEASE NOTE –

  • These pond plants have a waiting period of 2-3 weeks before they will be available. This is due to the logistics and the fuel price to get it from the farm to our facility in Gezina.
  • Regarding shipping -

Pick up – if you pic up, they will be sold as potted plant in a 15cm pot.

Shipping via courier – To protect the plants against damage during transport and save on freight costs, We will remove it out of the pot, clean and package them in individual bags.

Equisetum ramosissimum = Branched Horsetail / Green Equisetum

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