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How to Plant Horsetail in a Pond (Care & Grow Guide)

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The horsetail plant or Equisetum is well known for its medicinal purposes that date back several thousands of years. Even more amazing, botanists consider the plant a living fossil, with its earliest known existence predating even the dinosaurs - 350 million years ago!

Horsetail, also commonly known as horse bristle or snake grass, is native to Europe. This aquatic plant is generally strong and can grow 4 feet in height or taller. It is identifiable by its jointed, hollow green stems, which are furrowed with black bands. It is often mistaken for bamboo.

You can use horsetail as an accent plant to complement your pond’s rocky edge, as a partial cover for your pond or pond equipment, or anything else your imagination can dream up!

The Horsetail plant comes in various species, but the Horsetail Rush (Equisetum Hyemale) is the most popular and most used in backyard ponds.

How to Plant Horsetail in a Pond (Care & Grow Guide)
Horsetail Rush Plant - Equisetum

Horsetail Rush Plant - Equisetum

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Horsetail Quick Look

Common Names

Equisetum, snake grass, puzzlegrass, scouring rush, horse bristle

Plant Type

Bog plant

Light Requirements

Full Sun to partial shade

Hardiness Zones

USDA 4-12

Bloom

Remains green year round

Grow Up To

4 feet tall (sometimes more)

Color

Green

How To Plant Horsetail In A Pond

Horsetail should be planted in a container with a depth and width of roughly 12 inches. Fill the container with loam topsoil (not rocks) and plant the horsetail rush into the bottom of the container. Submerge the container on a stable shelf in your pond, leaving up to an inch of water above the soil. Keep the roots contained in the pot as the horsetail plant likes to roam.

Horsetail reed grows well in full sun to partial shade.

Horsetail Care Guide

The larger part of the horsetail plant stays green irrespective of the weather or season. That said, it is recommended to detach old stems that have browned, died, and dried out. This will help to preserve the aesthetic values of the plant.

You should also note that Horsetail Rush can be aggressive and spread extensively when planted in the soil close to a stream or pond.

Horsetail is cold tolerant – they are hardy in zones 4-12.

Horsetail Rush Plant - Equisetum

Horsetail Rush Plant - Equisetum

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FAQs

Can horsetail grow in water?

Horsetails thrive best in wet conditions, even growing in standing water. This makes them ideal for decorating water gardens and ponds.

How quickly does the horsetail grow?

The extent and speed of growth depend on the conditions. That said, these plants are generally fast-growing. They can grow as high as 4 feet and as wide as 6 feet in a relatively short amount of time.