It's a learning process

Discussion in 'Pond Plants' started by duxallinarow, May 19, 2013.

  1. duxallinarow

    duxallinarow Active Member

    Last year's random pond plants did extremely well in our little pond off the deck. We had a mix of purple pickerel weed, thin-leaved cattails, bullrushes, irises, and water lilies. We didn't do a good job of overwintering the plants; fall was way too busy to properly re-pot and store them in the basement fridge (which is what we did with the waterlilies the year before). But enough survived that we have a good collection to put out this year.
    Mistakes were made last year, but I learned things in the process. Biggest mistakes?
    1) Wrong soil mix. Not knowing any better, I used the potting soil I had in the basement, and topped the pots with a layer of rocks to give them some weight and keep the fish from digging up the plants. Guess what? The potting mix had perlite in it, and perlite floats. We spent the entire summer skimming little floating white balls of perlite out of the pond – what a freaking mess.
    2) Wrong pots. I saw some fabric pots at Pond Paradise down in Cottage Grove, thought they'd be a good substitute for the plastic baskets most of the plants came in, and loaded up. Guess what? Even loaded down with rocks, fabric pots offered no stability at all, and once the plants had started to mature, they became top heavy, tipping over in every wind, and spilling their loads of perlite-laden topsoil into the pond. Hey, you live, you learn.
    This year I've got everything potted in terracotta azalea pots (the wide, low ones) with a mix of equal parts plain topsoil (no chemicals, and no freaking perlite), plain kitty litter (CareFree Natural, no colors, no scent), and fine aquarium gravel.
    We're ready for the frogs to move back in any day now.
  2. power

    power Member

    i just planted all my water lilies in gravel and aquatic soil, all my plants around my water line i just made a hole around the rockwork and planted them with gravel. i never take them out for winter. but my pond depths are 3 ft in one and 30 inches in my koi pond so they dont freeze . i will have to admit the plants are slow to take off in the spring and i have lost a couple but using gravel the plants are only able to take nutrients from the water which helps fight green water. mabey i will try i soil mix somtime and see how it affects the pond and growth compared to the way i do it
  3. duxallinarow

    duxallinarow Active Member

    I broke up that huge chunk of water lily I got from you and put some small pieces in pots for the deck pond, and then dropped the biggest chunk right into the bottom of the preform out front. That's the deepest pond bottom we've got, so we'll see what happens.
  4. duxallinarow

    duxallinarow Active Member

    Okay, found some arrowheads. That should be all I need except some floaters and maybe a few more oxygenators. I picked up a few water lettuce, and I know they'll cover the earth by June, but I'm impatient and want to get a few more. If anyone has some they'd care to bring to the June auction, I'll bring cash.

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