Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V2 #10

At 03:39 AM 6/13/96 -0400, you wrote:

>From: gtong at sirius_com (G.Tong)
>Date: Wed, 12 Jun 1996 17:56:37 -0700
>Subject: Re: Water hyacinths

>Unfortunately, I have never had luck bringing them indoors. There is a
>perennial thread in rec.ponds on this subject and it seems that no one has
>been able to keep his water hyacinths consistently alive
>indoors--regardless of lighting arrangement, temp, etc.
>If anyone has had better luck, please let us know what you did.
>Greg. Tong
>San Francisco, CA, USA
>gtong at sirius_com

We grow water hyacinth (Eichornia crassipes) indoors year round here at the
UConn greenhouses although they flower very infrequently.  We have them in
12" deep soapstone sinks that were salvaged from renovations.  Our water
runs 7.5-7.8 (and the soapstone in the sinks obviously keeps things
alkaline) we do not feed them, we thin them out 2-3 times yearly and
periodically have outbreaks of Two-spotted mites on them.  other than that,
we basically ignore them and they do fine..... BTW, we currently grow them
in full sunlight (shade compound on the glass in summer) but have had just
as good luck with them in the medium light of the orchid room - although
they never flowered in there.  Current greenhouse maintained at 68F in
winter, orchid room at 55F in winter - in summer its whatever we can keep it
down to with shading, misting, fans etc - usually in the 90's or low
hundreds on sunny, summer days....