Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: santa paula, ca, United States
Water Hyacinth Puzzle
Comparing my water hyacinths to those grown at a local nursery, mine grow faster, are larger, darker green, and I wonder why.
I just checked my pond water for nitrite and nitrate, both zero. The plants must be doing a good job on the nitrate. We have similar water, from wells in the same aquifer, mine is city processed to reduce iron and manganese, with chlorine added and sodium hydroxide to control pH. Same strain, the previous nursery owner let the ponds go dry in the winter, I supplied WH in the spring.
Nearly full sun in both cases, I get a bit of shading early morning and late afternoon.
I am wondering if water circulation would have some effect, there is a bit of flow in my pond, pretty much none in the ponds at the nursery. What else might I look for?