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Name: Cheryl
Brownstown, Pennsylvania (Zone 6a)
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nativeplantlover
Oct 11, 2016 8:57 AM CST
Hi,
My neighbor has a small pot of these and wonders how best to care for them in our zone 6a/6b? Her pond is preformed isn't super deep and has no mud. Thanks in advance!
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Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Oct 11, 2016 10:55 AM CST
Does your neighbor have the cattail sitting on a shelf in the pond? If so, I would leave it there. The pond will freeze solid (and so will the plant). But no one brings mini cattails inside in their native habitat (which, I think, is Siberia).

If she is worried, she can bring it in and store it in an unheated garage or basement. Remember, though, her mini cattail will still need constant moisture.
Name: Cheryl
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nativeplantlover
Oct 11, 2016 11:47 AM CST
Thank you for answering. Since there isn't any mud around them, She's decided to bury them in the ground and cover the pots with leaves Thank You!
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Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Oct 11, 2016 11:49 AM CST
That will only work if she also keeps them wet. The plants will desicate in the cold without moisture.
Name: Cheryl
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nativeplantlover
Oct 11, 2016 11:52 AM CST
Ok ---I'll tell her to keep them wet. Thank you Daisy!
"My work is loving the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird — equal seekers of sweetness. Here the clam deep in the speckled sand. Are my boots old? Is my coat torn? Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect? Let me Keep my mind on what matters, which is my work which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished." — Mary Oliver, from Messenger
Name: Cheryl
Brownstown, Pennsylvania (Zone 6a)
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nativeplantlover
Oct 11, 2016 11:56 AM CST
Daisy, I found this article by someone that lives right near us:
http://garden.org/ideas/view/HollyAnnS/1771/Overwintering-Ha...
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Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Oct 11, 2016 2:24 PM CST
I think the operative words in that article are 'above ground' - Plants kept in above ground containers need to be hardy to at least two zones below whatever your zone is. That means a plant would have to be hardy to Zone 4a in your area to be safe in a container above ground for the winter. So sinking them into the ground is a good option. I'm not sure what the difference is between "in the ground" and "in the pond that is in the ground".

The water in the ground and the water in the pond are both going to freeze solid and the temperature will be lower than 32* because of the ambient temperature of the air. But an above ground water garden or planter box will be less insulated so the plants will have to withstand colder temperatures.

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