Water Hyacinth is one of the fastest growing plants known to the pond hobby. Its primary means of reproduction is by way of runners, which eventually form daughter plants. Because of water hyacinth’s ability to quickly reproduce in Rochester, Monroe County (NY) Ponds, populations often double in size in just two weeks during the growing season. When purchasing water hyacinth take into account the size of your pond, and realizing that 12 becomes 24 or more in two weeks !
In North America, water hyacinth is considered an invasive species. When not controlled, it will rapidly and thoroughly cover entire surfaces your lakes and ponds – dramatically impacting water flow, blocking sunlight to native submerged plants, and starving the water of oxygen. Water hyacinth is an aggressive invader and can form thick mats. It is very important to control water hyacinth before the entire water surface is covered.
Take out the nutrients that algae compete for in your pond!
Water hyacinth control is not difficult. The most effective methods of control rely on prevention. Make sure to control the nutrient levels in your pond or lake to prevent the rapid and explosive growth.
Do not introduce water hyacinth to new ponds unless you are willing to monitor it and take action if its growth gets out of control.
It is advised that you only introduce water hyacinth to your own personal ornamental water gardens. Introducing it into natural water bodies is asking for trouble.
When harvesting or otherwise removing water hyacinth, do not discard it in a natural water way, instead put it into a compost pile.
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