Views: 305, Replies: 4 » Jump to the end
Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Composter Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Amaryllis
Plumerias Ponds Foliage Fan Enjoys or suffers hot summers Tropicals Garden Ideas: Master Level
Image
ShadyGreenThumb
Mar 3, 2016 12:19 PM CST
Happy to say we had a mild winter and the new Horsetail is doing wonderfully. What do i do with the little wirey growth of the old shoots that never seem to do much but look thin and tangley? Do i trim them off to let the beautiful new shoots take centerstage? Any advice would be appreciated. I tip my hat to you.
Thumb of 2016-03-03/ShadyGreenThumb/1be849

Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love Truly, Laugh
uncontrollably, And never regret anything that made you Smile.
Decatur, Georgia (Zone 7a)
Image
helenchild
Mar 15, 2016 12:50 PM CST
I have a pot of this stuff in my pond and have been wondering the same thing. Mine is just sort of overgrown with old and dead stems. I could thin out the older or damaged shoots but was wondering about just trimming it all down to the same level. Then just have the new growth.
Hopefully someone with an idea will come along.
Helen
Name: Paul Anguiano
Richland, WA (Zone 7a)
GW & DG: tropicalaria
Forum moderator Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages Garden Photography
Enjoys or suffers hot summers Tomato Heads Organic Gardener Greenhouse Native Plants and Wildflowers Herbs
Image
psa
Mar 15, 2016 8:23 PM CST

Moderator

My experience is that most horsetails come back up again from the deep rhizome no matter what you do to the top, but sometimes it comes back thinner and more spindly. There are a lot of species, though, and some variation in behavior. The one we have around here, for instance, travels long distances under the ground, and taking it out in one spot can make it pop up again ten feet away.
Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Composter Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Amaryllis
Plumerias Ponds Foliage Fan Enjoys or suffers hot summers Tropicals Garden Ideas: Master Level
Image
ShadyGreenThumb
Mar 15, 2016 9:11 PM CST
I think I will experiment with mine and clean up the ones with the long wiry growth. It will look better without it, I think.
Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love Truly, Laugh
uncontrollably, And never regret anything that made you Smile.
Decatur, Georgia (Zone 7a)
Image
helenchild
May 27, 2016 2:33 PM CST
Here is my rush after trimming all the old growth down low. The new growth is pretty and uniform. I think its pretty. I also put a small pot of creeping jenny in amongst the rushes and it has crept up out of the water.
One of these shots was done at night with the flood light.

Thumb of 2016-05-27/helenchild/f1cc16


Thumb of 2016-05-27/helenchild/0696cb

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Ponds and Water Gardening forum
You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.

Today's site banner is by ge1836 and is called "Pacific Blue Ice"