Aquatic Pond Plants
Long after the
impatiens have been pulled out, water gardeners are still hoping for
that last lily bloom.
For some reason,
we want to squeeze every leaf, bud and blossom out of our aquatic
plants before winter. Unfortunately, cold weather often comes before
we’ve trimmed the cattails or pruned the lilies. Wait too long and all
those beautiful leaves will fall off and rot in the water. Trim bog
and marsh plants such as papyrus, taro and cattails, before frost
Pull out the
hardy water lilies and trim off all the leaves. Yes, even that last
bud! Put all the potted plants into the deepest area of the pond to
prevent freeze damage.
won’t survive the winter and are often treated as annuals, discarded
in autumn. Some water gardeners have saved tropical lilies by storing
them in peat moss.
Trim off the
leaves and roots and cover the rhizomes in a tray of damp (not wet)
peat moss. The peat moss has antiseptic properties and helps inhibit
rotting of the rhizome.
The tray of peat
moss should be kept in a cool basement or garage and sprayed with
water periodically to prevent drying out. Inexpensive submerged
plants, such as Elodea, Anachris and Cabomba should be
discarded as well as floating plants like water lettuce, and water
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