CAN I BRING MY WATER LETTUCE INDOORS FOR WINTER?

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: September 26th, 2016 | 7 Comments on CAN I BRING MY WATER LETTUCE INDOORS FOR WINTER? | In: AQUATIC PLANTS, NATURAL PONDS, WATER GARDENS

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Question: Can I bring my water lettuce indoors for the winter and put them in my fish aquarium until Spring?

Answer: Some questions don’t have a clear cut answer, but the short of this answer is YES, you can bring water lettuce indoors for the winter months. With that advice let’s clarify the answer. If you were to bring you water lettuce in to keep in your aquarium until Spring you have some things you need to consider…

Water lettuce will need some pretty strong lighting to do well indoors, so lighting really needs to be good. Also the water lettuce will need some clearance if it is floating on the top of your fish tank. It will not work if you try to squeeze it under a tank lid so you will probably have to leave your aquarium with an open top and your strong lighting suspended above the tank. Given those conditions your water lettuce will probably do fairly well until Spring. Other indoor options would be keeping your water lettuce in some type of greenhouse enclosure in shallow pools, or kiddie pools. You will still need to provide some warmer temperatures of 70+F, very good lighting as well. Water lettuce enjoys alot of sun!

I think the best advice however; for the backyard water garden hobbyist is to compost your water lettuce after the first frost and buy new water lettuce the next season. Water lettuce is readily available and inexpensive. The cost of keeping water lettuce year round may be quite a bit more than simply purchases new plants each season. I generally advise using water lettuce as an annual in your water garden, and bring them in for some short lived indoor aquatic plant features when temperatures drop, or compost them.

Whichever option you opt for, enjoy your pond keeping experience!

Keep it pondy! -Mike

The LOVEYOURPOND Blog is written by Mike Gannon of Full Service Aquatics located in Summit, NJ. Mike is an award winning pond, water garden, and water feature builder. Always “In The Pursuit Of All Things Aquatic” Mike has been a lifelong hobbyist and providing professional services since 1995. Mike is the creator of The Pond Hunter video series seen on Youtube and has made several television appearances on Networks such as HGTV and the DIY Network. He also hosts the Pond Hunter Radio Broadcast. You can see what else Mike is up to at the following sites:

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  1. Mike Gannon Says:

    on January 18, 2020 at 8:34 pm

    Hey Alan. Thanks for sharing the process that you are using! Enjoy the pond season. -Mike

  2. Alan Mathies Says:

    on December 15, 2019 at 2:56 am

    I live in Ohio and have a small pond which I grow Hyacynth and water lettuce. When winter approaches; I compost the bulk of my plants. I take a few baby water lettuce indoors and put them in my planted tanks. I have found that as long as I keep them from touching the canopy lid, I really don’t have to drop my water level much. The plants stay small but continue to reproduce by runners. I use 6000 kelvin led’s and find even though the lettuce is growing; it stays miniaturized. In the spring; the plants are removed to a rubbermaid tub and hardened off outdoors by gradually exposing them to direct sunlight. After a week or so, they go back to the pond.

  3. Rolonda Jordan Says:

    on October 7, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    Mike. Thank you for your insight and sharing your information! I have enjoyed reading this. I had no idea that Water Lettuce is prohibited in some area’s. Luckily for me I live in Missouri and my sister’s in Iowa. We both use Water Lettuce in our water. I have a small pond aprox 40×50 ft and my sister has a pond and a lake. She doesn’t really need to worry but I would need to keep an eye on mine.. I found your site by looking for information on bringing the plant in for the winter..As you know in Mo. it is 90 one day and 50 the next. I have a question for Zach Sleeper. Does he do anything extra to his tank to help the Water Lettuce thrive?
    Thank you again
    Rolonda Davidson Jordan

  4. Mike Gannon Says:

    on April 9, 2019 at 11:17 pm

    Hey Zack, I agree! A little water lettuce can go a long way outdoors. -Mike

  5. Zack Sleeper Says:

    on April 9, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    I grow water lettuce in my fish tanks. It doesn’t get very large when grown indoors but I imagine smslly plants from a tank would really take off if a few were put in a pond once its warm enough.

  6. Mike Gannon Says:

    on July 11, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    Hey thanks for checking out the site. Glad you enjoy the info. That was not me at Phillipsburg HS. Enjoy! -Mike

  7. Art Omara Says:

    on July 11, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    Love your site. Lots of info for a new B. crazy pond guy in the desert of Tucson. Did you attend Phillipsburg Catholic H.S. ? New a Steve Gannon. G.C. “73”

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