Indoor Water Garden - Knowledgebase Question

Los Angeles, CA
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Question by slivrlakelad
July 23, 1998
I have read that a water body of at least 18" depth is required for a successful water garden. Are there any plants (aquatic or otherwise) that I could grow in an indoor fountain (with a small running pump) that is about 14" diameter and a depth of only 3"? If I had to replace the plants every couple of months that would be OK, too. I have tried Water Lettuce and Water Hyacynth so far. They looked great, but after a few days the lettuce's roots have fallen off and the hyacynth doesn't look too perky either. Thanks, and I love searching the database -- it has been very helpful!

Answer from NGA
July 23, 1998
Some of the difficulty your plants may be encountering is poor lighting, along with shallow water. The plants you've mentioned generally thrive in outdoor ponds and pools. Try to adjust the lighting by adding an artificial source, or by moving your fountain to a brightly lit area. In such shallow water you'll probably not have success with blooming plants, but you can try floating duck-weed or water Forget-Me-Not (Myosotis palustris) on the pool of water. There are also miniature primroses available, as well as tiny ferns. Your local pet store may have aquarium plants that you like. Good luck with your indoor water garden!

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