Yellowing water lettuce?

mbhoneybee63(5)July 11, 2010

What causes water lettuce and hyacinth to begin to turn yellow and then brown around the edges? It is not as though they are dying, just not looking quite as good as when they were put in a couple months ago.

Everything else seems to be doing fine except for a little bit of string algae now and again.

Oh, by the way if it matters, this is a new pond as of May 2010.

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There are several things that can cause yellowing in water lettuce and hyacinth.

First, water lettuce does not like hot sun, so if your pond is in full sun, that could be an issue.

Another common issue for the floaters is lack of nutrients. You might consider removing them from the poind and letting them sit in a tub of Miracle Grow for a few days. Once they've perked up, rinse off the roots and move them back to the pond.

A third issie is the fish themselves. If you have koi, they will eat the roots, which in turn prevents the plants from absorbing their nutricional needs. Goldfish are less likely to eat the roots.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2010 at 5:27PM
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Thanks for the info Nancy. I talked to the guy at the "pond place" near my house and he suggested I buy some nutrient tabs. I was just afraid to add more nutrients to the water since I had bits of string algae forming and was afraid that would cause a bigger issue. Your idea of Miracle Grow seems like a good one. I have to say though, it could be any, and all of the reasons. I have 4 koi and a full sun pond....hmmmm
Again, thanks!

    Bookmark   July 12, 2010 at 9:54PM
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sleeplessinftwayne(z4-5 IND)

I haven't had any luck with either WH or water lettuce until this season. I thought I had tried everything. Didn't even buy any WH this year. Dropped the lettuce in a pot I normally use as a double pot for taro but hadn't put any in yet. The lettuce looked pretty sad but to my amazement it recovered in a hurry. At this point the original is ten inches across and it started at four. The entire cashe pot is full from three plants and overflowing. One plant was pushed out from overcrowding. We'll see how long it lasts.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2010 at 5:44PM
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I would have not even thought to do that, sleepless. Thanks for the idea. Glad to hear it is working this year for you...sounds it's worth a try!

    Bookmark   July 16, 2010 at 8:58PM
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I've never had any luck with water lettuce--goes yellow and brown around the edges. My pond is in full sun until about 6pm then gets on the south end finally. I grow parrot's feather instead as I can anchor it along the edges under rocks. Don't have to worry about it going in the skimmer. With our cold springs we've been having the water lettuce just doesn't like my pond or me.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2010 at 12:15AM
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