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Lewes, DE

May 20, 2013
6:29 AM

Post #9526841

I have two floating planters that I made last year. Impatiens grew like gangbusters in them. This year I thought I would try some begonias in one of them. Are begonias toxic to fish?

By the way, the planters are made from hard foam wreath forms that I bought in a craft store, The plants sit on round needlepoint plastic forms from the same store that I wired onto the wreath forms with florist wire. I have a lot of moss in my yard so I draped moss on the forms after putting the impatiens in the center.

Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

May 20, 2013
5:36 PM

Post #9527654

They sound really pretty - do you have any photos?

I had angel wing begonias in big pots on my deck last year that butts up to the pond. What little got into the pond in the way of the begonias, the fish left alone - are they poisonous? I really don't know. I do know my fish didn't want to eat them.

Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

May 22, 2013
8:09 PM

Post #9530555

Pondlove, soundsl sike a great idea for pond planters. My plants have gone appy and need to be divided again. I do however need more plants in larger pond. I have put many land plants in my ponds and so far have never killed fish from them but I can't say for sure about begonia.
Thanks for sharing.
Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

May 29, 2013
4:02 PM

Post #9538695

A large begonia that was growing on its own in the rocks around old pond broke off in the wind today and was floating so guess it doesn't kill fish or they would all be gone.

Lewes, DE

May 31, 2013
5:00 AM

Post #9540487

I decided to stay with impatiens again this year. No photos yet. It takes a little time for the plants to fill out. Right now the planters look a little anemic.
Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 1, 2013
6:22 PM

Post #9542542

Impatiens are very popular here and the Nigerian ones are just beautiful. Used to have some under a shade tree and they flourished until winter.
Great idea, maybe I'll try some in my floating planter.

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