Is it too early to remove some plants?


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Last weekend I removed the Taros from the pond, so I could prep them for overwinter storing, now my water hyacinth are starting to turn yellow and rotten, is it better to pull them out of the pond at this stage, or wait until they rot completely? ..it started to frost at night, it wont be long before they die out, it's just easier to remove them before they get mushy but I wonder if it's the right thing to do
 
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Because they still have some green, I thought maybe I should wait but after reading your replys I guess I'll pull them out tomorrow
Thank you guys!
 

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I put mine in the basement in a concrete mixing tub and just like hyacinth and water lettuce a little light and miracle grow does wonders for them over the winter .I just cut them back and they grow nice and spring comes and I have plants ready to go and don't have to wait for the only store here to get them in and that means no green water or start up problems with my pond
 

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I put mine in the basement in a concrete mixing tub and just like hyacinth and water lettuce a little light and miracle grow does wonders for them over the winter .I just cut them back and they grow nice and spring comes and I have plants ready to go and don't have to wait for the only store here to get them in and that means no green water or start up problems with my pond
And you don't need to worry about what comes in on the nursery plants. :cautious:
 

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How true .My neighbor Tammy does not have a basement so last year we built her a frame with an old glass window from her moms house and put straw bales around it and put foam board in and then lined it with a piece of pond liner and filled it with water and she put her plants in it and they survived .I was surprised mice did not get at it .It was built like a cold frame but insulated better the deer did help themselves to some of the straw .All you would need mmathis is the insulated cold frame
 
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I have a basement but no free space, to put plants...I'm lucky enough to be able to store the bulbs in the very small unfinished area
 
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I pulled a the plants 2 weeks ago. I just cut off the tops and throw them into deeper water. If they grow next year then I'm ahead of the game if not I buy new ones.
 
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I put mine in the basement in a concrete mixing tub and just like hyacinth and water lettuce a little light and miracle grow does wonders for them over the winter .I just cut them back and they grow nice and spring comes and I have plants ready to go and don't have to wait for the only store here to get them in and that means no green water or start up problems with my pond
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What do you do exactly? Do you run a air pump in the water? Do you use a florescent light or a heat light? I have a basement but its a little chilly in winter. 60-65 degrees. I would like to keep some hayacinths if I could. Im thinking maybe one of those kiddie pools.
 

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I use led grow bulbs and a fish tank aerator and my basement does not get cold .I had the floors and walls insulated when the basement was built .Plants don't mind cooler temps as a matter of fact I found they prefer it .I have a stock tank on furniture dolly and I also have a huge fish tank and I use one aerator I got from petco that has 4 ports on it .I have the led grow bulbs on a timer so they only come on after midnight when my electric rates go down .I then sell or trade for plants I would like at my garden center come spring .They get plants super early and I get what I want
 

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I put mine in the basement in a concrete mixing tub and just like hyacinth and water lettuce a little light and miracle grow does wonders for them over the winter .I just cut them back and they grow nice and spring comes and I have plants ready to go and don't have to wait for the only store here to get them in and that means no green water or start up problems with my pond
I once tried putting a couple in my indoor fish tank but they got all yellow and I dumped them later. Should I have kept them til Spring?
 
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I plan to pull my tropical plants in the next day or so. Too late in my opinion. We actually pulled the Taro and last night. Had them for lunch today it was really good. I will need to share the recipe from my wife. Keep in mind we planted and ate edible Taro. I have a 55 gal tank in the basement that I will move the plants to and likely put another bin under it and cycle the water between the two. Our watercress went crazy so I will likely eat and freeze it. If we can find a way to cook it or use it.
 
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