The floating island was shipped the same day I ordered it and just received it. It is sturdy, well made and has 2 circular metal ring to stabilize it in the pond. It would have been helpful if there was an "Instructions" or some "guidance" on what type of soil to fill the perforated spongy plant containers, and best plant types to grow within the containers and creepers for over the top covered with a heavy burlap. I just purchased an aquatic plant kit in E-Bay as a starter to see what works.
The the one drawback that I see at the moment and, I may be wrong, but I do not see how the plants' roots will pass through the bottom to be in contact with the pond water, help with the pH, and for my Koi to nibble on. I live in So. West FL and last summer, even with a tarp over my 1800 gal pond, I could barely keep the water temp below 85 degrees and pH down. So I am hoping with more shade with this island will help. But I am also going to purchase a mesh island to get more plant life into the water. I already have lilies, but not enough to keep the temp down. STS
The best media we found is coconut coir. Also you are correct in that when first planting the root system will mainly be in the pockets. However depending on which type of plants the roots will grow through the island and hang into the waters below. Feel free to call our office with questions. Best person to speak to about plants here at headquarters is Mona. Enjoy your island and thank you for the feedback