Social Distancing the Tricker way.

Stop and smell the flowers

Getting back in touch with nature gives peace of mind and comfort. The current shut downs are forcing us all to reevaluate and to slow down. It is a time to “Stop and smell the flowers”.

Our retail store may be closed But we are diligently working to grow our plants and ship orders. We are practicing safe distance rules and have the bare minimum of employees working at this time. We will continue to strive to supply the quality plants and pond items that you need for your water garden or pond.

Our Employees are our top priority

We have made the safety of our employees our top priority by voluntarily closing our retail store to customers.

Amid widespread social and economic uncertainty driven by the global health crisis, businesses are facing unprecedented challenges. Our staff is diligently working at growing the quality plants and caring for the amazing Koi and goldfish that will be available for sale this spring season. We are currently taking orders for spring shipment but are hoping that our store will reopen soon. But in the mean time, you can order from our catalog or website and we will ship your order to you. Orders for products that are needed immediately may also be placed by phone for pick up in our parking lot. Please call for details: 1-800-524-3492.
Please abide by recommendations from government and health officials and stay safe. We look forward to welcoming you to our store again soon.

2020 Catalog soon to be released

The William Tricker Inc 2020 catalog will be mailing soon. Watch for your copy in the mail!

If you are not on our mailing list just drop us a note to

7125 Tanglewood Drive

Independence, Ohio 44131

Or call us at 1-800-524-3492 and request the New 2020 Catalog.

Aquarium Water Quality Kit by UltraClear

UltraClear Aquarium Kit. Perhaps one of the most important kits that every aquarium keeper should have to keep their aquarium trouble free with water quality. This kit includes a 4 ounce bottle of UltraClear Freshwater Complete, a bacteriological and friendly bacteria that will keep your aquarium water pure. A 4 ounce bottle of UltraClear Flocculent that will rapid clear the water of debris and cloudy water. One bag of 3 gram tabs of UltraClear Digester for eliminating organic sediment in tanks. And, one mini Buffer Block for buffering freshwater pH and adding calcium. Without a doubt, these 4 products in this one kit will help keep an aquarium in excellent condition UltraClear Aquarium Kit includes: 4 oz bottle of UltraClear Freshwater Complete for cycling & maintaining fresh water aquariums. 4 oz bottle of UltraClear Flocculant for rapid cleaning of tank. One bag of 3 gram tabs of UltraClear Muck Digester for eliminating organic sediment in tanks. One mini Buffer Block for buffering freshwater pH and adding calcium.

The Water Garden

The book The Water Garden Published in 1897 by William Tricker is considered the oldest water garden text in the world that was written to inform the public on the complete topic of water gardens. This pioneer book was very comprehensive and advanced for the 1890s. In the 120 pages, William Tricker discussed planting and growing aquatics. He wrote to inform the public of his knowledge of hybridizing water lilies, explaining the different classes and distribution of water lilies and lotus, his new variety of one of the most unusual aquatics the Victoria, fertilizing aquatics, enemies of the water garden, along with many other water garden topics. This book is a must read for all water garden enthusiasts.

Ice in Winter

Nature has a special way to protect the life of all of her ponds from freezing solid in the winter. As water freezes it becomes less dense and floats on top of the water. This floating ice then becomes an insulator to the water below. If water became denser as it froze and sunk to the bottom of ponds and streams, it would not be long before all of our ponds and streams would become frozen solid and aquatic life would cease to exist as we know it.

Getting Hardy Water Lilies ready for Winter

Late in the season the hardy water lily will prepare for winter by developing a winter tuber in the soil. The flowers will stop being produced and the water lily pads will cease to grow. The main concern is to protect the developed hardy tuber in the soil from freezing. This can be done by placing the planting container with the hardy water lily at the bottom of the water garden pool. If the water garden pool is shallow or may freeze solid, the planting container with the tuber must be removed to a cold dark cellar. The water lily tuber in the planting container must be kept damp all winter.

Time to Winterize the water Garden

Opening in ice
Autumn is sneaking up fast on the northern United States. Night time temperatures are falling along with the autumn leaves. Adding a protective net covering to catch the falling leaves will help to maintain good water quality during the winter months. Those water lilies coming under the group of “Hardy” may safely be left outdoors provided they are so protected that the roots will not actually be frozen. The “Tropical” lilies had best be considered annuals. It is a difficult and very uncertain task to winter over plants which have reached maturity. Goldfish and Koi can be left outdoors if they are sure of having six to eight inches of water below the ice in the severest winter weather. Pond De-Icers are specifically manufactured to withstand even the most bitter of temperatures and assure an opening is maintained for proper fish care all winter long.

The William Tricker 2017 Online Water Lily catalog is Here!

The William Tricker 2017 Online Water Lily catalog is Here! Click the link to view the new 2017 online catalog full of everything you could need for your water garden or pond.

Click here to view the 2017 catalog