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Royal Pickerel Rush (Pontederia dilatata)

Plant Description

Royal Pickerel Rush (Pontederia dilatata) is a robust plant with cobalt-blue, bottle brush blooms all season long! The marvelous, shiny green leaves on Royal Pickerel Rush are long and lance shaped. Royal Pickerel Rush is very easy to grow in pots in your pond, pant in two gallon container with heavy loam soil and place container in water. Plants will grow 3 - 4 feet tall in full sun to part shade. The blooms on Royal Pickerel Rush attract honey bees and butterflies and is considered a mainstay in the garden pond!

Height       3 - 4 feet tall

Spread      2 - 4 foot spread

Sunlight Requirements     Full sun to part shade

Moisture Requirements    3 - 5 inches of water above the roots

Bloom       Beautiful, royal blue flower spikes from June through October

Zone          Hardy in zones 6 - 10

Planting Instructions

Plant your Royal Pickerel Rush directly into the soil of your natural bottom pond with 3 - 5 inches of water above the roots in full sun to part shade. OR, Plant your Royal Pickerel Rush in containers using loam soil and place containers in the pond with 3 - 5 inches of water above the roots of the Royal Pickerel Rush, in full sun to part shade. Fertilize once each month during the growing season with a slow release fertilizer like Waterlily World Fertilizer Tabs. 

Fabric Planting Containers are great  when planting marginal plants in the pond. Plants can take up extra nutrients helping to eliminate algae growth. Fabric planting containers allow oxygen to reach the plants roots allowing plants to grow larger and healthier!  The 14 inch Fabric Planting Container is the perfect size for one to three ( 1 - 3)  Royal Pickerel Rush plants.

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