Benefits of Hyacinth Floaters
With their surprisingly striking purple flower, this plant is not only popular because it is beautiful but because it provides shade and instant filtration.
The long roots of floating plants like this and like the floating lettuce trap suspended particles to consume as nutrients. They also act as a food source for fish. In fact, some of our customers insist that they have to strategically place their floating plants because their fish devour them and stunt the plant's growth.
This plant is not the end-all-be all pond filterers, but they certainly help. For information on other filtration plants, read our aquatic plant blog.
But what do you do with these floating plants in Pennsylvania when the temperatures start to drop?
Fall and Winter Care
At that point, they'll begin to sink and decompose in the water, creating a sludgy mess for you in the spring if they were left in the water. Too many decomposing plants can contribute the fatal ammonia levels in a pond. Fatal ammonia levels -- what's that?? Read our blog on Ammonia to find out!
We have had a few customers try over-wintering them inside their houses by a window. But at an average of $3.50 a piece, is it really worth all the care and space they'd take up to bring them indoors? That's up to you! They would still need ample amounts of sun and warmth. So depending upon how much natural sunlight comes through your window and how warm you keep your house--- you may be okay.
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