Top Questions About Cattail Plants

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Questions About Cattail Plants

Asked by
Pat b on
September 5, 2014

Q. Will cattails be detrimental to a drainage ditch

We have cattails growing in the ditch behind our house and this ditch is there for drainage of bay water during high tide and hurricanes. Should they be removed?

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
September 6, 2014
A.

It's true that if cattails' growth gets thick, they can impede flow of water through the drainage ditch. They probably should be thinned if not completely removed. You can contact the county extension service for advice on practical solutions for your area. This article will help you locate the nearest one: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/info/what-is-extension-service.htm
This article has some general information on cattails that you might be interested in: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/water-plants/cattails/controlling-cattails.htm

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Asked by
bigebek on
September 2, 2015

Q. why are there no catkins on the cattails this year?

Cattails are growing wherever they have been before, but none of them have catkins, just the plants. This is in ND and SD.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
September 5, 2015
Certified Expert
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Cattails are directly impacted by environmental conditions.
Water, temperatures and wind will effect the plants.
Last year the cattails were thin here, and this year the cattails are quite abundant. I am in Souther MN, we have had quite a bit of heavy wet weather.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/water-plants/cattails/controlling-cattails.htm
http://www.cattails.info/Types_of_cattail.html

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Asked by
Joseph Lyon on
August 6, 2017

Q. Cattails

I have ordered cattail seeds.
When do I sow the seeds in my pond?
Oh, and in the case you say cattails won’t grow in Alaska, There are cattails growing in the lakes and ponds near Fairbanks, Alaska.
Thanks,
Joe

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
August 12, 2017
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Asked by
sacolwel on
August 26, 2017

Q. Cattails

The article recommends glyphosate – definitely a VERY BAD idea!!

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
August 26, 2017
Certified Expert
A.

We offer 'digging up' as an option for removing the cattails as well.

We understand the concerns on the use of glyphosate herbicide and offer as much information as available to the gardeners seeking information.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/weeds/glyphosate-information.htm

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Asked by
kllybd on
August 29, 2017

Q. Controlling cattails

I am going to spray the cattails with RODEO. Do I spray the entire plant or do I spray at the water line to kill the plant?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
August 30, 2017
Certified Expert
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Cattails are a perennial with a rhizome. Spraying anytime may kill the foliage, but not the plant. The greatest success comes in spraying glyphosate in the fall after the plant has flowered and as the plant begins to strengthen its root system for overwintering.
Use an aquatic labeled glyphosate.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/water-plants/cattails/controlling-cattails.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
October 9, 2017

Q. Growing cattails in 5 gal. buckets

I have viewed the care of cattails in containers but it doesn’t reference the medium used (potting soil, etc. and how much. It does state that 12 inches of water is needed. Is that a hard rule What would be the minimum & maximum amount of water. Is it changed?

I know nothing about gardening but I would like to grow these cattails. I am in a Zone 6.

Thank you for your response.

tony Parone

Answered by
BushDoctor on
October 9, 2017
Certified Expert
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You can use any good quality potting soil. I would make sure to have a large container. These will require a good deep pot. I would also advise having dolomitic lime on hand, as this will save you a lot of trouble when it comes to controlling the pH. This will do it for you. You may need an all purpose fertilizer after a few months.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
February 12, 2018

Q. cattails

When do cattails bear their cylindrical brown blooms? What month of the year? are they native to river banks in Indiana?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
February 12, 2018
Certified Expert
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Cattails are produced in late summer.

This link has information on Cattails in Indiana wetlands.
http://media.wfyi.org/NaturalHeritage/learn/wetlands.html

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Answered by
MichiganDot on
February 12, 2018
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Please do your homework well and get your cattail ID confirmed. Many cattails in Indiana are invasive species. https://www.nps.gov/rlc/greatlakes/upload/CATTAILS-for-website.pdf

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