water Hyacinths and water Lettuce.

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water Hyacinths and water Lettuce.

Post by wilf/helen new » Mon, 24 Apr 2000 04:00:00



Hello Again, Is it true that the reason i cannot keep water Hyacinths and
Lettuce is because the fish eat the roots? I do feed them spinach & lettuce
(people lettuce) but they seem to prefer the roots of my floaters, is there
some way to enclose the roots (netting) or something or will this kill these
plants as well. I don't seem to have any trouble with my rooted plants ,
just these two,  thanks ,Helen
 
 
 

water Hyacinths and water Lettuce.

Post by Lorrain » Mon, 24 Apr 2000 04:00:00


Hi Wilf and Helen.  It is certainly true that Koi and Goldfish will pick at the
roots of Hyacinths and Water Lettuce for those tender shoots which are hidden
underneath.  There is a great product that can be purchased from Moore Water
Gardens in Port Stanley here in Southwestern Ontario which encloses these plants
so that the fish can't get to them.  Good Luck.

Lorraine

Quote:

> Hello Again, Is it true that the reason i cannot keep water Hyacinths and
> Lettuce is because the fish eat the roots? I do feed them spinach & lettuce
> (people lettuce) but they seem to prefer the roots of my floaters, is there
> some way to enclose the roots (netting) or something or will this kill these
> plants as well. I don't seem to have any trouble with my rooted plants ,
> just these two,  thanks ,Helen

 
 
 

water Hyacinths and water Lettuce.

Post by K30 » Mon, 24 Apr 2000 04:00:00


Helen,

My water lettuce and water hyacinth kept ahead of my fish.
So much so that I got tired of hauling it all out in the fall and am going to
try not to have any this year.

If you find the fish nibbling at them too much you can stick some in a
container, give them some food, let them rest and stick them back in the pond.
Some folks have a set in the pond and a set recovering.

k30a and the water gardening labradors
see the labradors at
http://www.daydreamergardens.com/2_level/articles/dog_how_to.htm
K30A and friends' pond information page
http://hometown.aol.com/k30a/myhomepage/writing.html

 
 
 

water Hyacinths and water Lettuce.

Post by Derek Broughto » Tue, 25 Apr 2000 04:00:00



Quote:
> Hello Again, Is it true that the reason i cannot keep water
Hyacinths and
> Lettuce is because the fish eat the roots? I do feed them spinach &
lettuce
> (people lettuce) but they seem to prefer the roots of my floaters,
is there
> some way to enclose the roots (netting) or something or will this
kill these
> plants as well. I don't seem to have any trouble with my rooted
plants ,
> just these two,  thanks ,Helen

Definitely.  I have a no-fish lotus tub where I recycle tired old
water hyacinths until their roots regrow.  Anything that can be used
to separate the fish from the roots will work.  The most common is a
floating ring with a net under it.
--
Derek (www.netcom.ca/~dbrought/pond)
rec.ponds FAQ  http://w3.one.net/~rzutt/faq.html
A cat is only domestic so far as suits its own needs.  - Heinlein
 
 
 

water Hyacinths and water Lettuce.

Post by D Ka » Thu, 27 Apr 2000 04:00:00


While we are on the subject (hyacinths), I recently read that hyacinths
needed to have soil on the bottom of the pond.  My hyacinths do well in the
short term but fade out after what seems like a short season.  Last year I
put them in the upper pond where there are no fish but where they get water
and nutrients from the lower pond.  Even though their roots were long and
healthy looking they still all failed and died (they seemed to have done
better in previous years when the fish were happily pruning the roots but
where they hung over my potted plants.  Anyone have an opinion on this?  DK

Quote:

>Definitely.  I have a no-fish lotus tub where I recycle tired old
>water hyacinths until their roots regrow.  Anything that can be used
>to separate the fish from the roots will work.  The most common is a
>floating ring with a net under it.
>--
>Derek (www.netcom.ca/~dbrought/pond)
>rec.ponds FAQ  http://w3.one.net/~rzutt/faq.html
>A cat is only domestic so far as suits its own needs.  - Heinlein

btb, My new pup seems to fit this bill far better than my three cats
 
 
 

water Hyacinths and water Lettuce.

Post by Mikal Fish » Thu, 27 Apr 2000 04:00:00


Derek

I don't thing they need to have there roots in soil. Here in The Rio
Grand Valley of Texas they completely cover the Rio Grande and every
other body of water they land in, no matter how deep. They use boats
with special harvesting devises to clean them away. They are considered
such  pests that it is illegal to sell them. mf