Water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) is a floating aquatic plant that can be a beautiful addition to a backyard pond. Here are some things to keep in mind if you're considering adding water hyacinth to your pond:
Growing conditions: Water hyacinth thrives in warm water with plenty of sunlight. It prefers still or slow-moving water and can be grown in both freshwater and brackish water.
Nutrient uptake: Like water lettuce, water hyacinth is known for its ability to absorb nutrients from the water, which can help improve water quality in your pond. However, it can also compete with other plants for nutrients and space, so it's important to monitor its growth and thin it out as needed to prevent it from taking over the pond.
Invasive potential: In some areas, water hyacinth is considered an invasive species because it can grow and spread quickly under the right conditions. Make sure to check with your local authorities before introducing water hyacinth to your pond to ensure that it is allowed in your area.
Winter care: Water hyacinth is a warm-weather plant and will die back in cold temperatures. If you live in an area with cold winters, you'll need to remove the water hyacinth from your pond before the first frost and store it indoors until the weather warms up again in the spring.
Overall, water hyacinth can be a beautiful and beneficial addition to a backyard pond, but it's important to keep an eye on its growth and be aware of any regulations in your area regarding its use.
Please note these plants ship with trimmed roots as sometimes they tend to fall off during transit due to heat. In case roots fall off upon receiving them, just place them in your pond and give them couple of weeks so they can re-establish themselves. If you live in areas experiencing above 90 temperatures, please make sure these plants are retrieved as soon as possible as extreme heat could kill these plants while in a box. Lastly, these plants can not ship to: AL,AR,AZ,FL,LA,PR,MS,NE,SC,TX,WI