There is nothing better in late winter, than going out to the greenhouses and seeing all the bog plants growing and some of the tropical water lilies starting to bloom again. We heat several greenhouses, so most of the plants we sell are available year round. But, as the days get longer and there is more daylight, the plants really start to take off. A few of the iris are starting to bloom here and there. Before we know it the 2010 shipping season will be in full swing. I can't wait to hear from all our pond friends across the country again. Looking forward to another great season helping people with their pond and plant questions.
Many of the tropical bog plants will winter well indoors in a sunny window or under a flouresant grow light. They do not need to be submerged in water. Keep the soil constantly moist by placing the potted plants in a tray of water.
As any gardener knows, after the planting is finished there is always work to be done in the garden. I recently had some little white bugs on my Spider Lily and thought I would share my remedy for this.
There are alot of products on the market for killing aphids that sometimes find our plants in the water garden. I use a mixture of soap and water to spray mine which seems to work for me rather than purchasing a product on the market. This is natural and won't harm your plants, fish or water.
1 Tbl liquid dish soap and 1 cup oil. Mix this together and then take 1 tsp of this mixture and add it to 1 qt of water and put it into a spray bottle. You don't want to do this during the hot sunny day but during the evening or early morning when its cooler. Its never a good idea to treat any plant during the heat of the day.