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I just pulled the water hyacinth out of the pond in preparation for winter. This is the result of two plants that I bought in June. #justbuyone

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That bucket is chock full of big, gorgeous plants. Sad to see them go!


Then I cleaned the watercress off the waterfall. Here's the kind of matting these can create - is it any wonder they can completely redirect the water in a stream or waterfall?
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That's the result of just under a month's worth of growth.

Nature is pretty fantastic!
 

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I just pulled the water hyacinth out of the pond in preparation for winter. This is the result of two plants that I bought in June. #justbuyone

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That bucket is chock full of big, gorgeous plants. Sad to see them go!


Then I cleaned the watercress off the waterfall. Here's the kind of matting these can create - is it any wonder they can completely redirect the water in a stream or waterfall?
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That's the result of just under a month's worth of growth.

Nature is pretty fantastic!
Wow! that is sure a lot of hyacynth!
 
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Aww, good bye Water Hyacinth. It's a wistful time of year when they have to be pulled. I'm holding out because I think we've got a couple more weeks before we actually frost/freeze. And those roots on the watercress are impressive indeed! They remind me of the forget me not, which can also cause a clog up in the stream that diverts water out.
 
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Not knowing a lot about ponds in the beginning, I bought 6 hyacynth in middle of may. Last week I took out a whole wheel barrel of them. I love those plants. They do have nice flowers too.
 

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The water lettuce and hyacinth do not like my pond. I bought some, at the end of the season I had maybe 4 plants of hyacinth, one water lettuce. I think the bog keeps the pond water to empty of nutrients. So never bought again.
 

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The water lettuce and hyacinth do not like my pond. I bought some, at the end of the season I had maybe 4 plants of hyacinth, one water lettuce. I think the bog keeps the pond water to empty of nutrients. So never bought again.
Very interesting! The only reason I have had water hyacynth/lettuce die is because of too much shade, but then again, I have never had a bog.
 
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My bog is huge and packed with plants. That may be the reason. I never tried again, it was not worth it, pond water is perfect all of the time.
 

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My bog is huge and packed with plants. That may be the reason. I never tried again, it was not worth it, pond water is perfect all of the time.
no need to brag now......

" pond water is perfect all the time "

hmph

:rolleyes:

but now, maybe my pond water will be *close* to ish kinda perfect, the bog isnt gonna be near big enough, so I might have to add a second one anyway.
 
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Wow! that is sure a lot of hyacynth!
I believe the water treatment in my area with the phosphates they add to the water i put in 6 to 12 hyacin in years past and used three 55 gallon drums to haul away just one thinning. i think i did it three times in the second year.
And the other plant being the water cress thats stuff explodes but it fortunately very easy to remove and keep under control if you keep up with it
 

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wow! that was just 2 plants?

i'm just finishing up my pond and was gonna pickup like 6 water hayacinth and 6 water lettuce and now i'm think that may not be necessary. it would be too much for my kidney shaped 10x15. is that true even for the season and my 8A zone?
 
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I believe the water treatment in my area with the phosphates they add to the water
We are on a well, acidic, soft water, no readings on phosphates
 
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Mine don't always do this well in the big pond. They love my patio pond and pondless waterfall, but this year they really REALLY liked the pond as well. No clue what made the difference.

I should have added this picture, too. I have an elephant ear growing in my patio pond in one of those fabric planter bag things. I was cleaning out some leaves and pulled up this mass of roots and thought "what in the heck?"

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The roots have grown through the bag and an entirely new plant has started to form underwater - with leaves and everything!

I can see how some of these aquatic plants can be a nuisance in a climate where they never die back from cold.
 
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Heat heat and more heat even your area this year had more weather like Florida's
 

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I remember the years when my water hyacinths use to multiply like that. Now I'm lucky if they multiply at all.
 
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I remember the years when my water hyacinths use to multiply like that. Now I'm lucky if they multiply at all.
It's the gardener's life... you start to really think you know what you're doing and Mother Nature is like "Not.So.Fast".

@GBBUDD - we did have above average heat this summer, but the weird thing is it didn't FEEL like it. It just felt like... summer. I wonder if the average was pushed up by warmer nights. We had well spaced rainfall all summer which is always welcome. Things stayed really lush all summer long. Typically by mid-August we can quit mowing the lawn for a month to six weeks. Not this year. Maybe that's why it never felt overly hot - nothing looked like it was baked and crispy!

One thing I did notice when I was pulling my hyacinths out of the pond and pondless - the ones that were able actually get their roots into the substrate did waaaaay better than the ones that just free floated in the pond. I had to give them a good yank to get them out. Things tend to float right out of the pond so we have to put them in places where they will stay anchored, and this year those that were tucked behind rocks to hold them in place and in just a few inches of water did great and were the ones that bloomed for me. So my suggestion would be to put them where they can "touch bottom" and where they stay densely packed. (Now prepare next year for me to report that I couldn't even get the darn things to survive!)
 
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Any water hyacinth that I put in the main pond gets stunted because the fish eat the roots. Mine thrive in the upper (fishless) pool in about 4 - 6" of water. When I have to weed them out during the summer I toss a few down for the fish to have their way with, & those ones really don't multiply at all. This is what they currently look like up top you can see them on the back side of the island (and I didn't even put them in until July!) They've been thinned a bit three times so far (iirc) since then.
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The water lettuce and water hyacinth almost completely covered the surface of my pond this year. The only two place kept open is where my two air stones are bubbling.
Some years they won't even grow. Some years they take over.
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i love water lettuce when it floats by the light sand the long roots almost look like they are dancing as the current pushes them along it's quite magical. In the same breath the hyacins when they bloom are similar above the water
 

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