Dwarf Cattail, Bundle of 2

Item: 150124

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  • Hardy Bog Plant
  • Blooms Through Summer
  • Increases Natural Filtration

Dwarf Cattails are a decorative and much smaller version of the Common Cattail and makes an excellent background plant. Dwarf Cattails are great for smaller ponds, container gardens, or water gardens, and should always be planted in one-gallon or larger containers to get the maximum amount of growth from them. Dwarf Cattails very narrow green foliage and look grass-like, with a small, dark brown flower spikes (catkin) emerging later in the growing season.

The catkin grows approximately 1" long in dwarf species. The flower contains both male flowers (pollen-producing first) and female flowers (seed-bearing below). The flower starts out green and turns the signature brown by mid season. When fully mature, the catkin bursts open, dispersing white-cottony seeds with the wind. Dwarf Cattails are able to reach a height of 12" to 18", grows best with 1" to 6" of water covering the planting container and spreads rapidly via rhizome runners. Sold in bundles of 2.

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Bog Plant - Dwarf Cattail
Dwarf Cattail
Plant Type Bog Plant
Hardiness Zones 3 To 10
Growing Light Full Sun To Partial Shade
Flower Color Dark Brown Spikes (catkin)
Bloom Time Summer
Plant Size Vertical Up To 18"
Also Known As Typha Minima

Mail Order: What To Expect

Plants you receive by mail need time to adjust. Your plants will arrive in bundles. Upon arrival, they may not appear lush but given time & proper care, they will flourish!

Small catkins that are about the size of a quarter appear in August. The Dwarf Cattail is an excellent choice for container gardens and small ponds. Usually will not grow catkins until the second year. Cattails may not get catkins in warmer climates such as zones 9-10.

Planting Instructions

Plant directly into pond and water garden planting shelves or you can fill individual planting containers loosely with aquatic planting media, placing the appropriate fertilizer tablets into the bottom half of the planting media and covering them over, then filling planting media 2/3 to the top. Place the plant in the center of the pot with the roots spread out over the planting media, and then continuing to cover the roots with planting media. The crown of the plant, which is the connection between the roots and stems, can usually be about 1" below the surface of the planting media for best results. Avoid using bagged potting mix and other lightweight soils because they will float and continually cloud pond water.

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Regular fertilization of your Dwarf Cattail will keep it growing well all season long. CrystalClear® Thrive™ Fertilizer Tablets can be pushed into the soil at planting time and from April through August, see label for fertilizer application rates.

Plant Maintenance

For best results, trim or prune as leaves and flowers begin to turn yellow or brown, remove them completely, discarding them to keep as much excess organic material out of water-body as possible.

Winter Care

All leaves and stems will begin to die off as winter arrives. If planted directly into a bog area, plants should be left alone after trimming any dead foliage to 1 to 2" above the top of the water. Plants that are on plant-shelves, in planting containers, should be trimmed to 1 to 2" and then gently lowered into the ponds deeper water. All plants submerged before winter must be brought back up as soon as the ice has permanently thawed, and before any plant growth occurs. In Zones 6 and warmer, most pond plants can tolerate being left in place without moving them at all.

Weeds Treated

The first step towards effectively treating any pond weed is proper identification. Dwarf Cattail, Bundle of 2 is recommended for use against each of the weeds listed below. Click on your desired weed for more information and alternate control options.