Spring moss pond, fast growing and undemanding

Spring moss pond, fast growing and undemanding

Spring moss, as a plant that grows under water and produces oxygen all year round, is ideal for natural pool cleaning in garden ponds. In terms of color, depending on the water quality, the short fronds of the "Fontinalis antipyretica" cover the pelvic floor within a very short time. The otherwise evergreen plant is also very popular with fish as a spawning place.

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Source moss: the short profile

  • Distance between plants: 20 to 30 cm (not required after propagation);
  • Height: between 10 and 20 cm;
  • Nutritional requirement: low;
  • Water requirement: standing wet in as shallow water as possible;
  • Planting time: ideally in spring;
  • Light requirement: shady to sunny;
  • Pelvis placement: foreground to middle distance;
  • Water hardness: 3 to 25 ° dH;
  • optimal life temperature: 5 to 32 ° C
  • Propagation: division of plants;
  • Growth rate: slow;
  • Price in specialist shops: 3.00 to 3.50 euros;

The demands in the garden pond

Spring moss is very undemanding and easy to care for. It doesn't have to be planted, just thrown into the water. It multiplies relatively quickly and after a few days it will attach itself to some places in the pond. Alternatively, spring moss with its adhesive organs can be attached to stones and roots and also grows firmly on substrates. Like many other types of moss, it gets by with little light and settles down to 20 meters deep without any problems.

Maintain spring moss in the garden pond

The resistant fronds attach themselves to places that are not suitable for other aquatic plants due to the low incidence of light. Additional fertilization is not necessary, as spring moss has only a very low nutritional requirement. Fertilizer applications can be carried out in the summer months, which will lead to particularly rapid reproduction of the plants.

How is spring moss propagated?

Since the long shoots should be cut back anyway, you can use them for propagation at the same time or you can simply split the cushions of the plants and tie them up again at the desired places in the pond.


If you make the effort and cut back the spring moss a little more often, the growth of the plants will be particularly dense and very compact afterwards.