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Ann28-Sep-02 12:23 AM EST 3a   
Sue28-Sep-02 01:53 AM EST 6a   
Ann28-Sep-02 02:38 PM EST 3a   
Ann30-Sep-02 02:50 AM EST 3a   
donna@icangarden.com30-Sep-02 06:11 PM EST 3a   


Subject: Overwintering Water Gardening Plants
From: Ann
Zone: 3a
Date: 28-Sep-02 12:23 AM EST

Hi,

I was fortunate to receive a good assortment of water plants from a dealer (who was giving up their stock), but don't know how to overwinter them. They include water lilies, a bunch of marginals. None of them are 'planted in soil .. they are still in their original pots. So my question is, how do I overwinter them in my basement so they are ready for spring. Hope there is someone out there who can help. I do have two tubs in my basement so can keep them in water under a grow light. Do they need to be dormant at all?


Subject: RE: Overwintering Water Gardening Plants
From: Sue (makeuplady@rogers.com)
Zone: 6a
Date: 28-Sep-02 01:53 AM EST

Hi Ann: Best bet is to go to a local nursery and ask them about the various plants and their survival in zone 3a. In 6a I just leave them in the pots in the pond - majority survive - lose one or two as they are tender. Tried to bring some in the house (Taro worked out well) and they were not very successful. Maybe someone out there has some survival techniques for 3a they could share. Good luck............Sue


Subject: RE: Overwintering Water Gardening Plants
From: Ann
Zone: 3a
Date: 28-Sep-02 02:38 PM EST

Hi Sue,

My problem is that I can't reach anyone within a reasonable distance to discuss my dilemma with. Here in Saskatchewan there are very few places, and i am in the south west and there is no one closer than Regina which is over three hours away.... no one is returning my phone calls, and many of the garden nurseries that would sell aquatics closed for the year in June.

Hopefully someone will be able to give me some help. I've asked the local Coles Bookstore to look for a book for me .

Thanks for your help Sue

Ann


Subject: RE: Overwintering Water Gardening Plants
From: Ann
Zone: 3a
Date: 30-Sep-02 02:50 AM EST

Hi June, I tried emailing you back at the address you sent me with but it keeps returning. So answering you here. What zone are you in?

Thanks for the great advice.


Subject: RE: Overwintering Water Gardening Plants
From: donna@icangarden.com
Zone: 3a
Date: 30-Sep-02 06:11 PM EST

Hi Ann. I live in zone 3a and for the past ten or so years have had a pond here and each fall I just take out my plants from the pond, drain them, then cut them back and put them in the big plastic tubs with covers and put them in my cold room.

You can do the same thing with yours, give them a good soaking, cut them back and put them in the containers.

I do this each October and don't even bother looking at them until April or so. They are kept in the dark, without adding any extra water, just what they had when they went in.

There are also some great water gardening articles on the site that I hope you will read for next year...:) because you will want to repot them and add fertilizer to them and want to make sure you use the correct soil for them...very important! :)


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