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I like to use this plant in my ponds for shade and supplementing fish with natural greens for food. This plant creates a carpet of green to red shade cover over the pond. Can be easily contained with a floating ring or allowed to blanket the entire surface of your pond during warm spring and summer months. You will want to add oxygen to your pond if allowing it to overgrow the surface.Azolla is a preferred food of apple snails. Float in water Or Soil Plant. Mosquito Fern or Azolla is a small free-floating fern approximately 3/8 to 1 centimeters wide. Leaves of the mosquito fern overlap giving a quilted look to the surface and hide the stem. A single root protrudes from each stem. Mosquito ferns can vary in color from green to red and are generally found in quiet ponds. Dense colonies of mosquito fern provide a habitat for many micro and macro invertebrates. These invertebrates in turn are used as food by fish. Great for shading out weeds in aquatic production systems; for contributing nitrogen, phosphorus, and organic matter; for improving soil structure and quality in bog areas.
Must grow in water or wet mud, it will die within a few hours under dry conditions. Azolla can survive a water pH range of 3.5 to 10, but optimum growth occurs when the water is between pH 6.5 and 7.5 The optimum temperature for azolla is between 68 and 82F. The growth rate gradually declines as salinity increases. Azolla grows in full sun to partial shade (100 to 50% sunlight), with growth decreasing under heavy shade and plant reddening occurs under full sun.This item is in the category "Home & Garden\Yard, Garden & Outdoor Living\Plants, Seeds & Bulbs\Plants & Seedlings". The seller is "videomarketingconcepts" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States.