How to reinvigorate water plants after winter


In many parts of the country, it’s time to say goodbye to frozen lakes, ponds and water gardens. But winter-weary plants may require some TLC before they’re ready for summer. The first step is removing dead leaves and stems that accumulated over the colder months. If you live in an area with heavy snowfall, your water plants are probably buried under a thick blanket of white stuff. When the ice thaws and starts to melt away, be sure to clear any debris from your pond or garden as soon as possible.

Remove old leaves

  • Remove the old leaves.
  • Not only do the leaves need to be removed, but they also need to be removed from your home or office.
  • You can use them as compost for your garden, or you can throw them away.

Replant lilies

The first step in planting lilies is making sure that you have the right container. A clay pot or basket works well for this, as the porous material will help retain moisture and prevent root rot. If you’re using a plastic or wooden tub, make sure it has a drainage hole to allow for excess water to escape. Fill the container with soil that is moist but not soggy—if it’s too wet, your plant will rot before it has a chance to grow! Planting at eye level (approximately 1/2 inch below ground) ensures that stems of new growth can take hold quickly and reach toward the sun. Now all that’s left is waiting until springtime when you’ll see those colorful blossoms come back up again!

Clean the water

First, use a gravel cleaner to remove the dead leaves, algae, and other debris that have accumulated in the pot. Then, use a net to scoop out any remaining debris.


You can fertilize water plants with any type of fertilizer, but it’s best to use a product specifically made for aquatic plants.

The best time to fertilize is when the plant is actively growing. In warmer months, this could mean once per month; however, during colder times of year it may be more beneficial to fertilize less frequently—perhaps every two weeks or so.

If you’re using a liquid fertilizer that comes in an applicator bottle, follow these general rules:

  • Take your measurement from the top of the container and not from its side or bottom (this will give you an accurate amount).
  • When adding liquid fertilizer into your aquarium’s water column, avoid creating large bubbles that could harm your fish or other animals living in your tank by using small streams of water instead (also try not filling up too much).
  • Never use anything except pure clean water when adding liquid nutrients directly into aquariums without first diluting them with distilled/distilled-reverse osmosis/deionized (DI) water first! Any impurities found in tap/well water might harm any life present inside so always use pure H2O which should be readily available at grocery stores such as Safeway/Albertsons etcetera!

Remove algae from water surface

  • Use a net to remove algae from the water surface.
  • Use a toothbrush to remove algae from leaves, stems and roots.
  • Use a soft cloth to remove algae from the water surface. Don’t use chemicals!

Take good care of your water plants

  • Take good care of your water plants
  • Remove old leaves
  • Replant lilies
  • Clean the water
  • Fertilize
  • Remove algae from water surface


You should now have some tips to help you get your water plants back into shape after winter. Remember to always check whether your plant is hardy or tender, and treat it accordingly. We hope that you can take these steps and apply them to your own garden!

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