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    Hey all,
    I'm planning to get some these plants? Living in NJ, what are the growing conditions for this guy? What should I know about this plant?

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    put them into a container of water and stand back they grow fast. if you keep them crushed up together they will flower alot more. the flowers only last a day or so. if you put them into soil the leaves get bigger than usual but the only problem with tha is you will be replanting them really soon. hey do grow fast. the flowers they put out are really pretty. w/ you living in N.J. they might go dorment during the winter due to how cold it gets there. so be prepaired to have tones of them. i threw them away here and there because they grow so fast and multiply w/ no problem. there has been times i have left them w/ very little water and just added some tapwater and they took right off again.
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    Can I bring them inside during the winter? -OR- Just them or leave them outside in the pond?

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    i can't see why you can't bring them in during the winter if you wanted to. i always left them outside but, it doesn't get below 35 here. i have stopped at a couple of nurceries in N.C. that has them growing in a side pond and they keep them outside all the time and the ones they have are pretty big due to they have rooted into the ground. so if ya want to keep them outside go ahead just keep and eye on the pond so they don't get frozen with the water.
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    George-cp,
    I have 11 cod fish in the pond. Will they control the rapid spreading of the plants?

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    eplants02, they might eat the roots but not the plant itself.i have some koi,commet and blue gill in the pond and with one large plant it took over a 12' pond that i dug w/ in 6 months. to tell you a little bit more about the plant. it was found in south america back in the early 1800's by a man from New Orleans. he brought the plant back w/ him and grew it there to study the plant. then in the late 1800's it was brought to florida from there. here in florida it is consided a week and it has to be sprayed w/ a cemical to control it. there is a bug that is only known in south america that eats the plants and controls it. the bug is not found here in the u.s. the plant how ever does have some good points beside having a pretty flower. the roots when flooting around does filter out the water and helps it to stay clear. what it acctual filters out i do not know. disney world does use this plant in its water system to filter its water out.
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    Water hyacinths die in the winter in nj because its 2 cold there . Why do you think there selling on e bay for 30 cents for a whole box its because there dead as soon as the cold comes .Thats why FL and all the warm states were they can live in the wild you cant have them by law because they can live all year round and take over a body of water in no time at all.

    Theres no way of keeping them alive in doors with out high power MH lights .

    A good site to go to is the pond fourm at GW . Last time I was there there were alot of ppl talking about hyacinths.

    Here in AZ I grow them in my 7 by 7 foot pond . In the winter we get down to 28f on the coldest nights and I lose around 99% of them . Just one plant I had this spring from last summer and it took over my pond in no time at all .

    GEORGE-CP- If you have them and your in fl make sure you keep them away from a large body of water its called a Noxious weed some lady got a 20,000 fine for owning them in fl .There illegal there. Don't tell anyone else you have them.

    Each individual plant of a prohibited species constitutes a separate violation. The law applies to everyone: aquatic plant producers and distributors, garden centers, pond supply stores, pet stores, and individual pondkeepers. So if Joe Ponder is caught with 10 water hyacinth in his backyard pond, that would be 10 separate violations, with potential fines totalling $20,000.


    Water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) is one of the worst weeds in the world--aquatic or terrestrial. Until only a few years ago, this floating plant was a major problem in Florida (as it still is in many places throughout the world) covering as many as 125,000 acres of water: boat traffic on several rivers was halted; hundreds of lakes and ponds were covered from shore to shore with up to 200 tons of hyacinths per acre!


    Heres a site I found .

    http://www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/18/46.html

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    George-CP,
    Thanks for the info. I appreciate this very much.

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