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Add Water Hyacinths to Your Pond

By Newyorkrita
March 15, 2014

Water Hyacinths will float on the surface and give your pond fish needed shade and places to hide from overhead predators. Water Hyacinths also give pond frogs safe places to sit when they are not in the water.

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Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Mar 14, 2014 10:37 PM CST
Rita

Is this the one in the front yard? I know you said before that you have 3 ponds.

What do the flowers look like? What color?

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Newyorkrita
Mar 14, 2014 10:40 PM CST
Thanks. Yes, that is the big pond in the front yard. Flowers on the water hyacinths are a light purple.
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Marilyn
Mar 14, 2014 10:50 PM CST
Don't you have a larger and deeper pond in the backyard?
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barkingdogwoods
Mar 15, 2014 7:53 AM CST
Water hyacinths are illegal in many states (such as Texas), as they are a noxious weed if allowed in our waterways. Please check with your local restrictions before using water hyacinths.
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RavenCroft
Mar 15, 2014 5:38 PM CST
I've grown water hyacinth & have had articles published on several pond plants. Water Hyacinth is invasive in the south, hence it's being banned, because it wreaks havoc in canal systems. It will not winter over in the north. It can't even survive frost, but should never be put into the environment none-the-less. Better to heap it on the compost pile. Aside from the shade benefits, & protection from predators for fish, the long root system provides added filtration in any setting, aides in keeping the algae bloom under control, & the perfect spawning material for goldfish & koi. The plants put up a spike, or scape, that will produce several lavender blue blossoms. Here's a pic of my 50 gallon patio pond, with the water hyacinth to the left. No blooms yet, as it was early in the season. Enjoy.
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Newyorkrita
Mar 15, 2014 5:58 PM CST
They sell they water hyacinths just about everywhere around here so I know they are legal.
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Carolyn22
Mar 16, 2014 6:14 AM CST
Water hyacinths will also work well in a bog type situation and are great in aiding filtration because the roots are so fibrous.

I have tried some in the pond for the koi to play with - the WH get so beaten up by the koi! WH would never last long in my pond if I just had them floating. They also have a way of finding their way into my skimmer.

I do buy them every year - but I also compost them each in the fall as well. It does not take much for the frost to do them in. If I buy them too early, I have to protect them as some of the cool May mornings can do them in as well.



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RavenCroft
Mar 16, 2014 6:27 AM CST
Rita... yes, they are legal in our state & many others in northern climates. Love your pond shots!
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Kelli
Mar 16, 2014 11:42 AM CST
I have had water hyacinths but they didn't do well. I think the sun was too intense for them. That's all I can figure.
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dyzzypyxxy
Mar 16, 2014 7:27 PM CST
Mm, don't think it's the intense sun, Kelli. They do really much too well here in FL, and our sun is even more intense than yours.

They're everywhere in the ditches and are always invading ponds and other drainage canals along with the water lettuce.
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Carolyn22
Mar 17, 2014 5:50 AM CST
Kelli

Do you have fish? Could they be the culprits? I know my fish won't leave them alone. Usually I plant mine in my bogs and throw one or two into the pond for the fish to play with. I generally toss the ones in the pond when I get sick of pulling them out of my skimmer.

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Kelli
Mar 17, 2014 9:41 AM CST
I do have fish. Maybe that was the problem. It's funny. We built the pond for plants but then I saw a fish at the pond store and couldn't resist. Now the fish are the stars of the pond and the plants are just decoration.
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