Vallisneria americana

Bronson, FL(Zone 9a)

Hello Fellow Ponders,

Located in Chiefland, Florida, (north-central, FL) I am looking for the nearest pond supplier for a submerged pond plant named Vallisneria americana. This is a plant that grows 2 ft. or more in length.

Anyone have info on a good place (internet or otherwise) to purchase a bunch of these plants?

We have a new 4-1/2 ft. pond, freeform - 3200 gallons, and I would like to give our goldfish and koi a place to hide/play in. Our fish are in holding tanks until the new pond cycles for a couple of weeks.

Thanks much!

Eirlys

Clermont, FL(Zone 9a)

I gogled it and first one that popped up was Pond Megastore.
When you get some please let me know how they do in your pond as it looks some a plant that would be good in my nursery pond for the little ones. Good luck with it.
Bonnie

Clermont, FL(Zone 9a)

Did a little more research. It's American eelgrass. Native to US. Sounds like a plant that is probably already in our waterways. Sounds like it will really multiply on its own. Bet you will locate some in lakes. I'll ask around here.
Bonnie

Bronson, FL(Zone 9a)

Hi Bonnie,

Thank you for your responses. I've purchased wonderful healthy plants from you before, and checked your store first for this wonderful eelgrass. Apparently, it is hard to find/purchase. I haven't seen any growing the places I have been in Florida - canals, natural ponds, etc. I, too, came up with Pond megastore on searches for Vallisneria americana, and my first searches for eelgrass were the same as yours - native plant, but no info on where to buy.

Our pond builder got two nice clumps from his neighbor's pond and I planted in two black containers with pea rock. Placed in the bottom of our pond a few days ago. Our new pond is cement, much larger than our old liner pond. The two pots of eelgrass don't give much hiding room for the fish, so I'm on the hunt for more. Will let you know when I place an order for the eelgrass and take some pictures when the plants arrive :-)

Eirlys
Chiefland, Florida

Bronson, FL(Zone 9a)

Woops, sorry Bonnie - I see you're in Clermont, Florida. Not the Bonnie in North Carolina of Bonniesplants. I'm not to bright a 3 in the morning.

Nice to know we're kinda neighbors :-)

Clermont, FL(Zone 9a)

Hi Eirlys,
I laughed when I read your post cause its happened before. Wish I did own that nursery. I buy lots of plants from there.
I go through Chiefland every time I go up to Shady Grove (Madison area) to visit my dgt. Let me know if you find that eelgrass. Sounds like something I'd like to shade the fish in summer. All of my ponds are under an oak tree but they do get afternoon sun. When I'm driving up that way again I'll D-mail you and maybe we could get tog. Always love meeting other gardners & ponders.
Bonnie Davis

Bronson, FL(Zone 9a)

OK, so I'm not the only bozo around!

Wonderful that you drive through Chiefland, and yes, I'd love to get tog. Sounds like you have a lot more experience than I, and if convenient for you, stop by to see my one pond. I'll let you know if I have success acquiring the eelgrass.

Please D-mail :-)

Eirlys
Spanish Trace Sub-division
Chiefland, Florida 32626

Deer Park, IL(Zone 5b)

Eirlys: Question-why are you choosing to let your pond cycle for a few weeks for the fish to be put into it? It a bit of overkill unless there are some circumstances I am not aware of.

Clermont, FL(Zone 9a)

Eirlys,
How's the ellgrass doing?
Bonnie

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