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Using hoops to hold plants in center of pond

Posted by catherinet z5 (My Page) on
Tue, Apr 3, 12 at 16:27

I've never done this, since my ponds are so tiny, but someone has asked me about it for her lake and I suggested something like a hula hoop to hold plants together. Then she asked what keeps them afloat..........and I hadn't thought about that! Suggestions?
Thanks.


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RE: Using hoops to hold plants in center of pond

I believe it is the air in the hollow hoop that keeps them afloat. I don't know if you have to seal them where they connect though. Someone here uses them (maybe goodkarma), so hopefully they will chime in.

Anne


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RE: Using hoops to hold plants in center of pond

I have seen hula hoops used to contain floaters. They float. I've also seen styrofoam used like that which you use to insulate pipes with.


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So is it only floaters that people use in the hoops? I guess I'm confusing the hoops with something like the smaller round styrofoam things that have a pot in the middle of them.


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I have used a hulahoop to corral fish food and hyacinths. It works very well if you put a leash on it to hold it in place. I had to tape two together to prevent the food from washing out.


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RE: Using hoops to hold plants in center of pond

Catherine,

Sorry I misunderstood your question. There are a number of ways to create a "floating Island" We've had threads about them before. Two ways I have used are:
1. Using a hard foam circles found in the florist aisle and attaching a liner for a wire planter and filling with pond "soil" or pebbles.
Creeping jenny

2. Cutting small holes in a kneeling foam pad and sticking the bare roots in hosta & ajunga worked great for me. I think others have mentioned impatients too.

You can buy floating islands, but they are pretty expensive. Below is a link to some of the threads on the floating island subject.

Here is a link that might be useful: Floating Island Thread


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RE: Using hoops to hold plants in center of pond

Thanks Everyone!


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I snagged some soft frisbee's out of the target dollar bins and am finding them pretty handy for floating islands.

~dianne


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RE: Using hoops to hold plants in center of pond

I use grey pipe insulation to contain my plants. You can just ties the ends together or, if you want a place for baby fish to hide, use a black laundry basket (I get mine a Dollar Store). Tape a couple of pieces of pipe insulation around the handles with electrical tape. The laundry basket provides a good place for baby fish to hide and it keeps tender plant roots safe from hungry fishies!


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RE: Using hoops to hold plants in center of pond

If you are looking for a small inexpensive hula hoop they are available for $1 at the Dollar tree. They have ribbon wrapped around clear plastic tubing and the thing that holds the hoop together is easy to remove and silicon for water tight seal. I am making mini water lily protectors with these hoops and big hole netting.


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