Cutting roots on floating plants


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The plants are in a 10" dia. Floating ring. Should i cut it back?
 
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Here's my two cents on this one - I routinely cut the roots off my floating plants. I find it actually encourages growth. Now I don't mean cut them off to the quick - like my fish like to do on occasion. I just tear off about 2/3 of the length and toss them back in the pond. My theory - and I might be all wet on this one - is that, as they regrow those roots, they will be pulling more nutrients out of the pond. Again, just a theory, but I've been doing it for years and my hyacinths are always gigantic!
 
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The first time we bought floating hyacinth, the woman helping me choose some good ones plucked them out of the tank, ripped the roots off, and put them in a bag. I figured she knew what she was doing and I've done it ever since!
 
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This is new to me. Maybe I'll try it.
Lately, the past few years, my floating plants haven't done that well. They used to completely cover the pond and I would have to remove a bunch of them.
I just figured they weren't good varieties as the years before.
What kind of fertilizer can I use on water hyacinths and water lettuce? I can setup a small container as suggested.
 
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I’ve just used miracle gro - dissolve it in the water and float the plants for a day or two.
 
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