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By Great

London, United Kingdom Gb

I recently bought a pond plant called Frogbit. I paid £1.70 for it. Am I being unreasonable to expect a plant? I got only 2 leaves with a small root attached. For £1.70 I wasen't expecting a huge plant but I did expect more than 2 leaves!!. I phoned the company and the man said "thats the nature of frogbit I'm afraid!" I said to him that on one leaf there seems to be a jelly like substance, I thought it might be an organism that might infect my pond. The man said it was a snail. does this sound right? Also the other leaf was all tatty as in shredded. I couldn't get a refund or a replacement plant. I'm I being unreasonable for expecting one?

On plant Frogbit



Sorry I don't know about frogbit,but the jelly substance is likely to be pond snail eggs.There's your wild life coming in Great !
Back again ! I've just read that it only has two or three leaves,but multiplies so that you get lots of individual plants.
Hopefully someone will have first hand experience of it :)

18 Jun, 2010


I wouldnt put this anywhere near my pond the snails will just multiply and goodness knows what else may be in it?. They are floaters related to Water-soldier You get what you pay for Great! I would be very careful what I introduce to my pond and would pay at least £8 for an aquatic plant and about £15 for a lily. Even then I take it to bits and change the aquatic soil.

18 Jun, 2010


I used to sell it, and 1.7 pounds sounds pretty steep for one tiny offset.

18 Jun, 2010


I have seen them advertised 10 for £12 but I wouldnt touch them as I think strongly that they introduce probelms to a pond because of the way they are grown.

19 Jun, 2010


Good to hear if any problems with a plant.Looking at photo's online this chap should be a millionaire !

19 Jun, 2010


Thanks aster, at last wildlife!!!!! and theres me thinking the jelly stuff was a virus!!

19 Jun, 2010


Think I got conned!! with my 2 leaf plant

19 Jun, 2010


You may have to be observant with both snails and frogbit as they will both multiply.I have one large snail in my barrel pond but scraped out lots of the jellied eggs in May when I did a clean up-no doubt I missed some so I will be on the look out in case there are too many.

19 Jun, 2010


Aster, Im a bit confussed! Not hard, as I havent had my breakfast yet lol I thought snails were an asset in a pond. I can see that too many would upset the balance. Im always looking in the pond, almost fallin in a hundred times lol

20 Jun, 2010


Snails do eat algae and rotting plants,but if they get too numerous they can raise the nitrate level in the pond.If you have fish the snails can harbour parasites and affect their health.
If there isn't enough algae or debri they can start to eat the plants.People with larger ponds find this especially if they have a uv filter which controls algae.
I think with ponds of our size they will be easier to monitor.I have had two goldfish in mine for about 4 yrs and up to now no serious problems.Mainly I have replaced some of the water during the summer every few weeks,after checking the ph levels.

20 Jun, 2010


Didn't know about PH level!! How often do you check those?

21 Jun, 2010


Possibly monthly but I check it anyway if it looks very green.I do this because of the fish,I don't know if you would need to having a wildlife pond.Maybe someone else on Goy with a similar pond could advise you of that.

21 Jun, 2010


thanks Aster. I'll have to get a testing kit

22 Jun, 2010

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