How to Water a Hyacinth Over the Winter

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Hyacinth is also known as water lettuce. It is a floating plant that thrives and grows quickly through the summer months on lakes and ponds, but over wintering this plant may prove to be a bit difficult. This plant will turn yellow and brown if it is not thriving. Hyacinth may not thrive in natural bodies of water because fish love to eat the roots and sometimes the entire plant. Hyacinth do not like to have water on their leaves, so if you do plan on over-wintering this plant, do not get water on the leaves.



things you’ll need:
  • Hyacinth
  • Aquarium with lid
  • Compost
  • Water
  • Heat lamps
    1. Put the compost in the bottom of the aquarium, between 1 and 3 inches deep.
    2. Pour water over the compost. Fill up the aquarium until it is about 5 inches from the rim.
    3. Set the hyacinth inside the aquarium so that they do not float around. You do not need to put the hyacinth in a pot because the compost will feed the hyacinth. So the plant goes directly in the water over the compost.
    4. Put a lid on the aquarium.
    5. Place heat lamps around the hyacinth. Do not shine them directly on the plants; use them to create a warm, well-lit environment.
    6. Add more compost once or twice a month. Replace the compost every three months.

Tips & Warnings

  • These plants like to be crowded, but they do not like to float. So when you put them into the aquarium, try to leave just enough room to dump fresh compost. The size of the aquarium is dependent upon how many hyacinth you wish to over-winter.

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