Ponds Plants

Spring TLC for your Water Plants
Start looking for new plants at Pickering Valley Feed beginning mid-April. We will be carrying a large selection of hardy, native, and tropical water plants including floaters, oxygenators, marginal/bog plants, and water lilies. Watch the selection grow as the season begins to warm. We sell locally grown, mature well-established plants ready to be placed in your pond. Come in and talk with our water garden experts and find out which plants will work best in your pond!
Spring is here. You are already preparing your pond for warmer weather by starting up your pumps and filters, cleaning out debris that accumulated over the winter, and slowly beginning to feed a low protein diet to those awakening fish.
It will only be a little while longer and you will begin to see your hardy water plants starting to poke their heads above the soil. That is the time when you should be grooming the plants by removing any remaining decaying foliage from the prior season. Only cut back plants that put out leaves and flowers on new growth. Plants that have hollowed leaves and stems should be pruned above the water line so that the cavity does not fill with water and rot the root stock.
At this time, it is also good to raise the plants from their winter home on the bottom of the pond to one of the higher shelf areas. This will give them a greater amount of sunlight as well as warming the soil to give the plants a jump start. Begin fertilizing as soon as you see new growth. Pond fertilizer tablets are easy to use and a necessity to produce healthy strong plants. This is
especially true of flowering plants. The rule of thumb is to insert one tablet in each pot each month. Keep in mind that the soil water plants are typically planted in is a dense clay type soil or possibly just stone. In either case, the plants will need more nutrients than the soil medium provides.
After careful examination, you may find plants that need to be divided and transplanted. When you see a planting container bulging and in strange shapes, split down the side, or more roots extending out of the pot than in, it is time to give it a little help. This is especially true with water lilies. Once you see new growth from the dormant tuber, gently remove the tuber from the soil and with a sharp knife, cut the tuber so that at least one leaf is evident on each section. Re-plant with aquatic planting soil, add 2 to 3 fertilizer tablets, and top off with a 1 inch layer of pea pebbles. The pea pebbles will prevent the fish from up-rooting the plant and scattering the soil mix all over the pond. If you were overwintering tropical plants indoors, make sure we are past the last frost of the season before placing them out in the pond. Also, hardening tropical plants by placing them outside on sunny warm days and bringing them in at night will provide a healthier transition to their summer home and prevent setting them back.
Tropical Marginal and Bog Plants
If you are looking to make your pond the show place of your neighborhood, tropical aquatic plants are the way to go.  Tropical pond plants will give you bigger and more colorful foliage, brighter and bolder flower colors and more diverse variety of leaf textures and color variations than most native hardy water plants.  Add a tropical night blooming water lily with some outdoor lighting and you will be able to extend the time you are outside enjoying your pond. 
Some people will winter over tropicals indoors during the cold weather months however most  find it easier to treat them like annuals and replace them each year.  Either way you will be amazed at what tropical water plants will do to make your pond stand out.
Water Lilies
When you visualize in your mind a water garden, invariably you will focusing on the beautiful water lilies.  Water Lilies are among the favorites of all water garden plants.  They have a wide array of bloom colors to choose from and bloom all summer long.   Besides adding beauty to your pond, water lilies provide beneficial shade to maintain cooler water temperatures for your fish and will block some of the sun's rays which help reduce the formation of algae.
We carry both hardy and tropical varieties. Hardy water lilies will be able to  over winter in our climate zone and offer flowers in red,white, yellow, pink, and a few have changeable colors. Tropical water lilies will not over winter in our climate zone and are usually enjoyed as annuals. Tropical lilies are the showiest leaves of all water lilies with larger and fancier leaves, many scalloped and variegated.  They have flower with strong stems that allow the flower to stand up out of the water and have varieties that include ones that bloom at night.  They also have a larger range of bloom colors than the hardy varieties including violet, blue, white, pink, red, yellow, peach and green hues
We carry both hardy and tropical varieties. Hardy water lilies will be able to  over winter in our climate zone and offer flowers in red, white, yellow, pink, and a few have changeable colors. Tropical water lilies will not over winter in our climate zone and are usually enjoyed as annuals. Tropical lilies are the showiest leaves of all water lilies with larger and fancier leaves, many scalloped and variegated.  They have flower with strong stems that allow the flower to stand up out of the water and have varieties that include ones that bloom at night.  They also have a larger range of bloom colors than the hardy varieties including violet, blue, white, pink, red, yellow, peach and green hues.

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