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springfield area, MO
(Zone 5b)

May 27, 2009
5:41 PM

Post #6605064

I am wondering if there are any plants that would be poison to my fish if I planted them around my pond. They wouldn't be in the pond that way, but could the leaf litter, or blossoms dropping into the water harm my fish? Like daylilies, iris, clematis, sedum, or tiger lilies? ect?
Holland, OH
(Zone 5b)

May 28, 2009
6:16 PM

Post #6609889

Bonnie's Plants had a good list.

Oak trees are on the list. I have large oak trees. They dump prodigious quantities of leaves and acorns in the ponds. I've never seen a problem arise from it. But I do net the stuff out as soon as possible. However, in the dead of winter some leaves do blow in, settle to the bottom and get trapped under ice where I can't get to them. Come spring I clean up and the fish don't seem to have any problems. So take any list with a grain of salt. I'd be more concerned with foliage in the summer that fish could nibble on.

This message was edited May 28, 2009 2:21 PM
springfield area, MO
(Zone 5b)

May 28, 2009
6:49 PM

Post #6610019

well according to that list lol my fish are doomed,
I guess I will just carry on as is
ignorance is bliss huh :)

iris? I have had iris there since I put the pond in...
Holland, OH
(Zone 5b)

May 28, 2009
6:58 PM

Post #6610071

LOL! I would still probably not let anything trail in the water that a hungry koi could nibble on unless I'd done some research first. Koi will eat just about anything green.
springfield area, MO
(Zone 5b)

May 28, 2009
7:08 PM

Post #6610106

oh well I only have goldfish, I don't think they eat everything in sight like koi?

Holland, OH
(Zone 5b)

May 28, 2009
7:20 PM

Post #6610145

Nah, they're much easier on plants. Hardy little buggers to. They'll breed in a tea cup if the water's good.
Kingston, OK
(Zone 7a)

May 30, 2009
10:40 PM

Post #6619101

Had Caster Bean plants along pond edge and no affect on the fish.

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