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Re: habitat/ponds/plants

Water hyacinth are legal here, so that's no problem.  I'll just have to find 
a source.  I had not heard of salvinias before until you mentioned them.  I'll 
have to look for them when I'm ready to stock my pond.

Long Island, NY
Zone 6/7

"We don't do enough to exploit renewable energy resources."

In a message dated 1/27/2004 12:08:09 PM Pacific Standard Time, 
TeichFlora@aol.com writes:
Eva should be able to get the plants fine in NY....a definite must, I think, 
in any watergarden.  Best natural filtration there is.  There are even towns 
that are using the water Hyacinths and Water lettuce as their main filtration 
in sewage treatment.

The hyacinth and water lettuce, as well as salvinia, etc. unfortunately are 
illegal in southern gulf states, including Tx.  It has naturalized though, so 
one sees it quite a bit in the bayous, etc. much to the discouragement of the 
TPW dept.  Doesn't get cold enough to kill the plants, so they are not kept 
under control.  Even in private ponds, they have a tendency to get out of 
quickly.  All floaters make excellent compost though.  Perhaps it is our 
heat periods that it decomposes better.  Being floaters, and natural filters, 
the hyacinth and the lettuce roots absorb all the nutrients from the fish 
poop, etc. and thus make an excellent addition to the bio filters AND the 
Note: I didn't say that I had any.

zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast

In a message dated 1/26/2004 11:02:41 PM Central Standard Time, 
gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:
Nope- I don't use any chemical. I clean out my filters, sometimes
replace some matting if it needs it, and turn it on... I do add water
hyacinth to the top of the waterfall yearly, as it is not hardy here.
Not sure if they are legal where you are, but here it is fine. I never
let them escape, they die here. Unfortunately, they do not make good
compost... take forever to decompose....


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