The Q&A Archives: Winter Pond Plant Care

Question: I have a small 6ft. round pond. The maximum depth is 21". I live in an area known as the snowbelt in northwestern PA. Would it be possible to submerge my plants to the lowest depth and have them survive or do I bring them indoors to a warm basement area? I already am planning to bring in my 6" goldfish to live in an aquarium, but am unsure what to do with the plants, a waterlily and a pickerall rush that are quite large.

Answer: Although 21 inches is a bit shallow, in my experience hardy pond plants survive better plunged to the deepest part of the pond. When kept indoor they tend to rot in storage. In fact, your goldfish could also probably survive providing the water does not freeze all the way to the bottom. To prevent such a a solid freeze, some gardeners run a recirculating pump and a deicer all winter for their fish. Good luck with your plants!

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