On July 15, 2018, the water plant enthusiasts were visiting the water plant nursery Baumann in Kevelaer.
Mr. Baummann and Mrs. Lochter led us through the nursery.
"Wasserpflanzen Baumann" is a medium-sized company in Kevelaer. The company was founded in 1991 in Krefeld. As the company grew larger, space requirements increased and the nursery moved to Kevelaer. The company covers an area of approx. 7 ha including glass and foil houses and a large outdoor area.
The nursery produces an extensive assortment of aquatic and marsh plants, which are sold to the garden trade, garden centers, hardware stores and to a lesser extent also to online shops.
In the season the nursery employs up to 40 coworkers. In the well-structured and very tidy nursery there is everything for the pond from the edge to the open water zone.
The water lily assortment covers the entire color spectrum from white to yellow and pink to red and blue. There are dwarf varieties (Nymphaea pygmaea) for the compartment water zone and miniature oak and larger varieties. A lesser-known pond plant the water's ear (Aponogeton distachyos).
The underwater or oxygen plants are particularly important for the pond because they compete with algae for the nutrients in the pond water and enrich the water with oxygen. Among the best known species are water spider, pine fritillaria (Hippuris vulgaris) and hornwort, but also various species of tealeaf and spawning herbs belong to this group.
In the shallow water zone feel, among others, the water primrose (Hottonia palustris), the calamus (Acorus calamus), reeds (Phragmites australis), irises (Iris pseudacorus), the cardinal lobelia (Lobelia cardinalis) and the pike (Pontederia cordata) well.
In the riparian zone, the marsh forget-me-not (Myosotis palustris), the marsh marigold (Caltha palustris), the marsh crocus (Zephyranthes candida) and the yellow rush lily (Sisyrinchium californicum) can be found.
In addition, the aquatic plant nursery also offers floating plants such as the water salad (Pistia stratiotes), floating spurge (Phyllanthus fluitans) and algae ferns (Azolla sp.).
The plants are sold wholesale and offered in assortments and complete sets with planters or as mini-ponds, mini biotopes or floating islands. There is no sale to private individuals. That's why we are particularly pleased that Mr. Baumann and Mrs. Lochter have taken three hours to show us the entire nursery. It was an interesting visit and we will gladly accept the invitation and come back again.