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question about overwintering pond plants #152913 Nov 17th, 2007 at 09:53 PM
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how do you do this? i keep my hardy water lilies in the bottom of my pond....but for an experiment, i brought a water fern and some water lettuce in to see if i could keep them till next year. i put them in my upstairs bathroom in a indoor fountain that probably holds 5 gallons.....the water started stinking after only 2 days and now it looks funny in it. sooooo, why and do i just ditch them????? why


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Re: question about overwintering pond plants [Re: ] #153322 Nov 19th, 2007 at 09:09 AM
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Are the plants getting lots of light in the fountains? You will need to mimic natural lighting for the plants inside and that probably entails a fluorescent light near the plants. And, also, what is in the fountain water, any chlorine or bleach? Plants will naturally decomp older leaves and pieces, so a filter on the pump might be a good thing. A charcoal filter will keep the smell out. I brought in my anarchis and hornwort and keep them in a fish tank that I turn on from 6:50 in the morning to around midnight when I go to bed. The hornwort slowly fell apart and died but the anarchis looks good still. It's probably been about 2 or 3 months inside.


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Re: question about overwintering pond plants [Re: ] #153324 Nov 19th, 2007 at 09:14 AM
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I have tried overwintering and have had luck with water lettuce and salvinia. They take more than a window for light. I had to put a heat grow light down on them and keep it on almost 24 hours a day for them not to rot.

My lilies and all hardies get left in the pond.


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