How to Grow Horsetail

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Commonly known as horsetail, equisetum grows vertically in the form of columnar green tubes. The leafless tubes of horsetails grow up to several feet high. Because they remain green year round and add an exotic look to landscape settings, horsetail plants are often chosen for residential gardens. While they grow well in soil, horsetail also grows in bogs and ponds making them an excellent choice for water gardens. The care of horsetails varies depending on where they are grown. The following information describes how to grow horsetail in various locations and settings. Keeping this information in mind will help you grow healthy horsetail plants.

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Things you need

  • Compost
  • Shovel
  • Water
  • Water soluble plant food

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    Analyse the location where you want to grow horsetail plants and assess the lighting conditions during the day. Take note of the intensity and duration of sun exposure throughout the course of the entire day. While horsetail grows and thrives in a variety of conditions, the nature of its care depends on the environmental conditions where it is growing. The more sun exposure and the hotter the locations where they grow, the more water horsetail plants require.

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    Mix a generous amount of soil amendment into the soil where you want to grow horsetail. Use soil amendment designed for acid loving plants and that is comprised of composted organic matter. Thoroughly mix the existing soil with the composted amendment.

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    Plant the horsetail in the amended soil mixture so the soil level in the pot is level with the soil level in the ground. Plant the horsetail every one foot on centre to achieve a fuller look more quickly or two foot on centre. Horsetail will eventually fill in the entire growing area of the proper conditions are available. Water thoroughly and deeply after planting and saturate the soil

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    Provide a constant steady supply or water always keeping the soil moist so the plants endure no dry spells. Water thoroughly every time you water.

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    Place potted horsetail plants directly into water for water gardens or for use in fountains. Place stones in their pots to anchor them to the floor of the pool of water. Keep the waterline within a foot of the crown of the horsetail plant in the pot. For best results use potted horsetail in fish ponds where there are dissolved nutrients available from the fish. Horsetail grown in water with too few nutrients will not grow well and will need to be fed with a water soluble plant food, which encourages algae growth.

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    Place potted horsetail directly into the waterlogged soil of boggy areas. Dig a hole, insert the pot and cover with the surrounding soil. Leaving the horsetail potted helps support the plant in the unstable mushy earth until it develops roots and establishes itself. The plants will eventually send new shoots out of the drainage holes in the pot and spread.

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