December 21, 2005

Overwintering Water Iris and Lilies

Q.> I was told when winterizing my pond I should cut my water iris down to about 6" above the pots. the same for the water lilies. and put them in the deepest part of the pond. was this the right thing to do? Will they grow back in the spring?


A.>that is what I do and I live in NY. The lilies do just fine provided they are the hardy types and not tropicals. They should be planted below the frost line, which here is 18", so if sunk into the bottom of the pond, that's how deep it needs to be. As for the iris, as long as they are below ground and not in an above ground stream, they will do fine. As a general rule I cut back my irises, even the German Bearded out front.


Happy Pondkeeping!

MacArthur Water Gardens

MacArthur Water Gardens
PO Box 3628
Alpharetta, GA 30023-3628

Posted by bfogle at December 21, 2005 02:19 PM