What 'houseplant' could be a pond plant?

Liz MargoshesJune 25, 2011

I am in New York City and am carless. I can't get to anyplace that sells water plants right now. I'm wondering if there are any plants that are readily available in a nursery selling houseplants (I have several nearby) that I could stick in my little pond at least for a day or so at a time when I have people over, to camouflage the bit of liner that remains visible in my pond.

(By the way, I've sent away for water plants but they're always in an infantile state and I have to wait the entire summer for them to get full and lush. So I don't want to do that this year.)

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I think that you can use Calla lilies, especially the Zantedeschia Aethiopica variety, as well as Creeping Jenny, which does better hanging over the edge of the pond. I'm sure there are others, but those are the first ones that come to mind.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2011 at 12:13PM
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Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) cuttings root and grow in plain water extremely easily, so I'm sure they could go in the pond. Just need to get them acclimated to the sun.

I've got some Iresine Herbstii (green stems with hot pink variegation in the leaves) that I had gotten at Lowes once before, and it's just like the Pothos when it comes to rooting and growing in water.

I've also heard about Calla lilies, but I think they're one where you can't plant them too deep in the water.

I've seen Sweet potato vines do extremely well in a pond alongside a waterfall.

I think a purple passion vine (Gynura aurantiaca) might work in the pond, but I'm not positive about that. The blooms don't smell very good, so pull those off first before you have anyone over.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2011 at 2:10PM
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gardengimp(9B Seminole Cnty FL)

Mondo grass. Will grow along the edges or even totally submerged.

Society garlic, I have growing in shallow water. Calla lilies in shallow water. I've got some ferns growing along the rocks that are doing well so far.

If you can get to a pet store that sells fish and aquarium plants you can probably get some wisteria, cabomba, anarchis and such.


    Bookmark   June 25, 2011 at 4:03PM
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Hosta, ajuna, chameleon plant, lysimacha (sp?) all do well in water too

    Bookmark   June 25, 2011 at 4:22PM
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lizm, here's an article with a list of houseplants that you can grow in water, and how to do it........

Here is a link that might be useful: Houseplants that grow in water

    Bookmark   June 25, 2011 at 6:04PM
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Liz Margoshes

Thank you so much, corrie22.

Here's a picture of my pond with its new plants:

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   June 25, 2011 at 7:42PM
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Liz, what a nice pond. I mean it, it looks like it was meant to be there.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2011 at 2:55PM
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