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Water Lettuce (Pistia stratiotes ) in The Winter Dome

In this post I share a few things about the water lettuce (or pistia stratiotes).  Check out how I am trying to winter over this plant that is on the invasive list in most states.

Water Lettuce in the Winter Dome

water lettuce in my late summer pond

The first few years I had this plant in the dome past Autumn it basically started to die and decompose.  After the year I left it in the large water container with some gold fish I realized the fish were eating it.  If I can keep the plant happen and away from hungry fish I think this will work.  Below is my video using a plastic container, wrap and near the heater in the dome garden.  This just may work so take a look at the video and see for yourself!

This video is part of my Bren Haas Channel.  Please be sure to connect with me on my website for more information.

More About Water Lettuce

container holding water lettuce

Water Tank with Water Lettuce in Summer
Water Lettuce Contained in a Pond
From local Garden Center

Water lettuce resembles a floating open head of lettuce. Water lettuce has very thick leaves with lots of roots. The plant is rated for zones 8-10 so I am not sure my ‘cool’ water is going to help the plant survive.  I may have to consider creating warmer water in the years to come.  Below are a few websites featuring documentation about this plant.  I highly recommend checking them out for your own research.

  • The University of Florida: https://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/plant-directory/pistia-stratiotes/
  • Missouri Botanical Garden: https://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?taxonid=276427

Water Lettuce on My Site

I share more about this plant on my website even before I know it was officially called the Pistia Plant.  Check out links below to find more of my experience with this plant.  You will want to follow me website to see if this wintering over project works.  The post about the plant in the summer are my favorites. I just love how the plant will cover the pond even though it isn’t recommended.

Thank you for checking out my blog post today! 

Let’s Connect

Fingers crossed that I am able to get out and find this plant locally if I can’t get it to winter over.  I am not giving up so be sure to comment on this post and tell me what you think.

Happy Gardening,

Bren Haas

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