Water plants crowding lilies?

coxy(6)July 28, 2013

It's the second season for my lily pond and the water lettuce/hyacinth have gone bonkers covering almost all surface areas. I can see a few of the lilies pushing through but wonder if I should thin out the plants. I hate to but want the lilies to be able to bloom.

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cherokee_joeshoeboot

Yes, you should thin them out. They will take over if you don't keep them thinned. You can probably sell the extras on ebay or craigs list if you want. I bought 20 Hyacinths on ebay at the start of the season and now they are starting to crowd out my lilies as well.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2013 at 11:54AM
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catcatbar(9)

Yes, you should definitely start thinning out your floating plants because chances are that the water hyacinth and water lettuce are blocking sunlight from reaching the crown (growth tip) of the waterlily. Sunlight hitting the crown is essential for the lily's survival because this is where the leaves, flowers and new roots develop. Good luck!

Cat

    Bookmark   July 31, 2013 at 8:27PM
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CaraRose

I've already thinned mine at least three times this season. I started with four.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2013 at 10:45PM
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catcatbar(9)

I know....... water hyacinths NEVER stop growing. I take out excess hyacinths and munch them up into compost for my terrestrial plants. Water hyacinths have a lot of nutrients in their bulby leaves.

Cat

    Bookmark   July 31, 2013 at 11:27PM
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coxy(6)

Oh boy! I'd better get crackin. Hope I didn't lose the season.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2013 at 10:14AM
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