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Retailing water plants can seem daunting even for someone with a good plant knowledge. Although they do have specific requirements, they are not much more difficult or time consuming than any of the other perennials in the garden centre.


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Marginal plants are supplied in 1L, 2 litre or 5litre pots or baskets. They must be placed in water as soon as possible after delivery; they require at least 5cm of water. Our Marginal Table provides a deep water holding tray for optimum conditions. 
Plants should be arranged with tall species such as irises and reed mace at the back of the display, grading down to low growing plants at the front.
A partly shaded situation is preferable which will suit all species, best sheltered from the wind or tall plants could have their leaves snapped over detracting from their appearance.

These are Aquatic Plants – keep the containers topped up with water, but make sure the water level is below the top of the 1L pots or it will be difficult to control algae. Keep the water clean for an attractive display. Marginal Tables should be drained down, cleaned and refilled once a week.
Do not allow algae to build up in the water; algae sponges rinsed out daily can help to keep your display at its best.

Trim dead leaves off weekly. Tall plants, irises etc., may have their leaves snapped over by wind or careless customer handling; trim off just below the break, using scissors and cutting at an angle for pleasing effect.  Rafting plants such as brooklime and mint are vigorous and have a tendency to grow into neighbouring pots and for the roots to matt together. Do not leave plants for more than two weeks in summer without removing then individually to separate the roots and top growth. Trim back shoots as necessary. 
Watch out for slug and snail damage – they particularly like lobelia cardinalis! Pick off these pests and destroy them. 

All plants are supplied with a full colour picture label, barcoded for EPOS retailing; the reverse of the label carries information on plant description, height, flowering time, depth of planting and positioning and is printed to enable the information to be read on bending the label forwards. Our click-in label fixing on 1L pots prevents labels being carelessly removed or misplaced by customers.

Beaver produces a range of eye-catching full colour posters to enable your customers to see the full beauty of the marginal plants that are available in Beaver’s extensive range and provide a guide to choice and planting. The ‘Marginal Plants’ header completes your section display.
Bunches/ Nets: These are supplied in plastic bags of 50 weighted bunches. They must be removed from the bag as soon as possible after delivery and submerged in shallow water.
Pots and Baskets: Potted oxygenators are dry grown for convenience of retailing. They are available 1L pots or 2l baskets with carry handles. They should be displayed in shallow water 10 to 15 cm deep. Once submerged in the customer’s pond, they will grow up into a balloon of submerged leaves and commence their work in oxygenating the pond water.

Oxygenators are best displayed in a fully shaded situation to discourage the build up of algae. The Beaver Oxygenator/Floater display table provides optimum conditions for displaying bunches, pots and baskets. Alternatively, shallow stock tanks can be used.
Rough handling by customers may cause some bunches to come apart. They can easily be re-bunched using the pliable lead strip that has come off. Short broken pieces of plants can be fed to the water snails.

Trim dead shoots if necessary.  Do not leave plants for more than two weeks in summer without removing then individually to separate the roots and top growth. 
Watch out for water snails – they may strip the leaves off the more tender species. A few lettuce leaves floated on the tank at night will attract the snails, which can then be collected and removed to the snail sales container.

All potted plants are supplied with a full colour picture label, bar coded for EPOS retailing; the reverse of the label carries information on plant description, height, flowering time, depth of planting and positioning and is printed to enable the information to be read on bending the label forwards.  Our click-in label fixing on the 9cm and 11 cm pots prevents labels being carelessly removed or misplaced by customers.

Beaver produces a range of eye-catching full colour posters to enable your customers to see the full beauty of the plants that are available in Beaver’s extensive range and provide a guide to choice and planting. The ‘Oxygenating Plants’ header completes your section display.
Waterlilies are supplied in 1L or 2L aquapots with our exclusive aquahandles. These are very popular as they save the customers from having to get their hands wet!
As soon as possible after delivery waterlilies should be submerged in at least 30cm of water. The Beaver water lily display table provides optimum conditions, or use a stock tank with 30 to 45 cm of water. Make sure that you rotate your waterlily stock, placing new stock at the back of the display and bringing the old stock forward. Water lilies require a lot of light and should be displayed in a sunny position. Keep your display well stocked to prevent algae growth. Early season waterlilies are supplied in carry packs, with full information on the colour label. These packs are ideal for short term storage and quick sales. They have a small integral water reservoir to keep the lily fresh for up to 7 days; display in a light situation, but not in direct sunlight.  After 7 days the lily should be removed from the carry pack and displayed as normal.

Waterlily display tables should be kept topped up with water at all times and should be drained down and cleaned out weekly. Do not allow spilt gravel to foul the drain or build up in the table. Take care not to allow algae to build up. Stock tanks should be kept topped up with a minimum of 30cm of water.

Waterlilies are heavy feeders and will soon use up the fertiliser in the pot. Encourage your customers to buy waterlily fertiliser tablets so they can push some into the pot before putting the lily in their pond, and feed them regularly through the summer.Take dead leaves off weekly. Gently pull off filamentous algae, taking care not to damage the lily leaves.   
Check for water snails and remove them from the lily tank – put them in the snail container to be sold!

Watch for waterlily beetle – small grey insects on the top or under the leaves. They must be removed or the leaves will be badly damaged. A vigorous spraying with water from a hose will dislodge most of the beetle larvae, or brush them off by hand; they can then be flooded off the tank and washed away. 

Each aquahandle strap is colour coded to the flower of the water lily with a striking flower-shaped picture label.  information on planting depth and growth spread together with a description of the plant and planting diagram is printed on the handle; they are bar-coded for EPOS pricing.
Suitable for pondside or general garden planting, these versatile plants add structure and colour to your planting scheme and are especially effective as a backdrop to a pond or water feature. For best effect plant flowering species in groups. Tall species are best placed at the far side of the pond viewing area, and those with attractive summer long foliage, such as hostas, are useful for disguising filter boxes and pipework.





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