Spring is just around the corner, and soon it will be time tostart thinking about pruning and replacing the plants inour gardens that didn’t survive the winter.At Backyard Getaway, we often talk to our customers about theimportance of using native plants in the garden and discuss howsome plants are edible. But, are you—like most people—unawarethat many common garden and water garden plants are toxic?Some of these commonly used plant species can be harmful toour pets, as well as to humans.
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April/May 2013 | Sarasota Pet & Manatee Pet
Pond Plants & Your Koi
By Lisa Burns, Backyard Getaway
Lisa Burns, co-owner of
Backyard Getaway in Myakka City
Plants that are not
toxic to humans may
still be a problem for
your pond fish. The
seeds of most plants
will swell in the
pond, and if your Koi
eat the seeds, they
could plug up the
Koiâ€™s digestive tract.
Donâ€™t panic! You
donâ€™t have to start
ripping plants out
of your yard and pond. If you have children or pets, you could
transplant these plants to an area out of reach.
Of course, itâ€™s always important to keep an eye on small chil-
dren and curious pets while they are in your garden.
As for the pond, all you need to do is make sure the toxic
plants also are out of reach of your Koi.
Before you make your wish list of new plants for your garden,
you may want to review the species below. These are just a few of
the more common toxic garden plants, some of which you will
recognize as pond plants.
Keep in mind that this is just a partial list that provides com-
mon names and the part of the plant that is known to be toxic.
pring is just around the corner, and soon it will be time to
start thinking about pruning and replacing the plants in
our gardens that didnâ€™t survive the winter.
At Backyard Getaway, we often talk to our customers about the
importance of using native plants in the garden and discuss how
some plants are edible. But, are youâ€”like most peopleâ€”unaware
that many common garden and water garden plants are toxic?
Some of these commonly used plant species can be harmful to
our pets, as well as to humans.
Remember if the plants are toxic in humans or our pets, they
also will be toxic to our Koi.
House plants also can be dangerous. Toxic houseplants include
elephant ear, philodendron, English Ivy, Amaryllis and the peace
lily, to name just a few.
Backyard Getaway is a family owned and operated pond service and
retail pond and water garden supply business, offering professional