Deicers let toxic gases escape the from under the ice by causing a hole in the ice. The pond can then get enough fresh oxygen to keep larger koi and goldfish alive that may otherwise suffocate.
EXCLUSIVE CONTENT – World introduction to Ken Landon’s Tropical Waterlily Tuber Storage up to 10 years.
This video is exclusive, it can be shared with permission. Ken Landon recently (Sept 2010) shared his way of tropical lily tuber storage. For years the jar sand method over 1 season has resulted in about 20% mortaility. That of course is not good especially when you have nearly 2000 lilies and 90% of the [...]
Nymphaea Bull’s Eye: Developed by Florida Aquatics this new waterlily is the most correct Red a tropical day bloomer has achieved until this point. Often hot pink or rosey this adult plant is Red and when very mature nearly maroon. From Florida Aquatic: The flower color is the real eye-catcher on this lily. The [...]
Update to Matt Garver’s overwintering of tropicals in Indiana, his plant (Panama Pacific) not only overwintered as we shared with you a few months ago in the Thermoplanter but it began blooming in April. He sent me these photos on April 24th but I have not had much time to update the blog. It is [...]
[See Update March 31 Below] Matt Garver in Indiana e-mailed me in January that he was going to be overwintering his tropical lilies outside in a half whiskey barrel like container with a built in heater to keep from freezing. The device is known as a thermoplanter. A couple weeks ago he checked to see how the plants [...]
In any given year you would consider water gardeners overwintering tropical waterlilies likley in Northern states. With such short growing seasons in the north its actually people in hardiness zones 6 and south that have more luck overwintering. This winter was long and hard all the way to the Gulf Coast. Darren, a good water garden friend in Austin [...]
There are multiple methods used to overwinter Tropical Waterlilies. A few varieties seem to be able to grow indoors with some sunshine and care. A heated greenhouse works very well but few people have access to these. Learn how to locate and store tubers, keep some tropicals in well lit fish tanks and more in [...]
Last week we had ice storms in the north east, this week in Chicago and Indiana. Snow twice in two weeks in Seattle which is uncommon, and more uncommon they now refuse to salt the roads in the city (for a good laugh look up the news stories about police officers responding on foot in Seattle because the city refuses to salt the streets because the salt may go into Puget sound, a body of salt water?). New Orleans and Beaumont TX had snow last week as did Las Vegas in the city. Florida has remained same so far but winter just arrived officially 5 days ago. Having lived here in Ohio for 8 or 9 years it wouldn’t surprise me if most of January and February are in the 50s but there is no sigh of that just yet. Tomorrow I will return to plants as I am anxious to begin discussing water lilies and what will be available this spring.
Have you ever seen someone tap their finger on the glass of an aquarium? The fish jump, the sound waves scare the crap out of them. This is not healthy for fish, for some reason making lound noises affects fish very badly causing them to become succeptable to bacterial infections and viruses. Were am I going with this? It is winter and if you have fish in your pond you probably know that a frozen over pond or water garden often has fishkill, (fish that die during the winter). Some people think they see the fish under the ice which dont appear to be moving are actually dead, frozen in the pond.