How to Plant Hornwort in My Pond

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How to Plant Hornwort in My Pond
Hornwort is an oxygenating plant used in ponds. (Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Hornwort, Ceratophyllum demersum, is also called coon tail and common hornwort. This aquatic plant is used in both aquariums and ponds. Hornwort is a submersed plant or what is commonly known as an oxygenating plant. These plants add oxygen to the water and typically reduce the amount of algae present. The plant produces a number of side shoots that become a single bushy plant. This creates an area for fish to hide and breed. Hornwort grows freely and is tolerant of a wide variety of conditions.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Rubber band (optional)
  • Rock (optional)
  • Sinker (optional)

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  1. 1

    Push hornwort plants into the gravel or soil on the bottom of the pond just deep enough to hold the plant in place. Hornwort is rootless.

  2. 2

    Hold the hornwort at the bottom of the pond and cover it with gravel or soil to plant it. Select locations with full sun to partial shade.

  3. 3

    Place the hornwort plant beneath water in the pond to grow freely without being anchored to the bottom.

  4. 4

    Attach the hornwort plant with a rubber band to a rock, sinker or some other heavy object and then drop the plant in the location where you want it.

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