Fall Pond Plant Care

Here are 4 tips to consider when transitioning your pond plants from Summer to Winter: 


Repotting pond plants is not just for spring. Perform this task in the fall to divide and store non-hardy plants. Many plants such as water iris, and submerged marginal plants can be divided successfully and repotted throughout the mild weather of early fall. If you decide to repot plants during fall, do it as soon as possible. This will allow sufficient time for them to adjust before winter dormancy.  Check out our wide selection of planting baskets and pots


Prune long-stemmed, "leggy" plants to improve their appearance and encourage growth. By thinning and shaping, you make way for new growth, and more importantly, you prevent fallen leaves and stems from decaying in the water.


Early September through mid October is a good time to feed your pond plants supplements with micro-nutrients. These additional nutrients will build up energy reserves for the winter. Stop feeding when the water temperature cools below 55°F and leaves begin to die back. At this point you want to allow your plants to go dormant naturally.  You can find our plant food and nutrient supplements here.


This was the topic of last week's newsletter, but it bears repeating. Decaying vegetation can increase levels of dissolved organic compounds and rob water of oxygen, stressing your fish that are already struggling to deal with fall temperature swings. During late summer and early fall it is important to remove as much material from the bottom of your pond as possible. Drape a pond net over your pond to prevent the majority of leaves and twigs from getting into the water in the first place. Your pruning, skimming, and  dip net or vacuuming efforts will take care of the rest.