The Q&A Archives: Winter Care For Water Hyacinth

Question: I need some advise for caring for my water hyacinths over the winter. I have brought them inside but they are withering up. The main plant produces a new offspring then the main plant dies. Then the offspring produces an offspring and the original offspring dies. Please help!!

Answer: Since they are reproducing they are not doing all that badly considering they are indoors, but these plants require full bright sunlight, warm water temperatures and lots of nutrients to do well. You might try moving them to a warmer, brighter location and adding some nutrients to their water, or possibly pot them into a heavy garden soil and set the pot in water to its rim. As soon as the days are warm enough, set them outside in the real sunshine until it is warm enough to leave them out all the time -- but be sure to bring them in at night so they don't chill.

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