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Old August 3rd 04, 02:23 PM
WilsonKKW
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I have Hyancth(sp?)parrot feather, water lily.,lily pads.How do they winter
over? I was told the hyancth will die off,I was wondering if I can bring them
indoors and let them live in a bucket of water?
Kathy
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Old August 3rd 04, 02:49 PM
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WilsonKKW wrote:

I have Hyancth(sp?)parrot feather, water lily.,lily pads.How do they winter
over? I was told the hyancth will die off,I was wondering if I can bring them
indoors and let them live in a bucket of water?
Kathy

WH will go from a vibrant healthy green, to a ugly mushy brown very
quickly when brought inside. That is unless you put them in a room with
a least a 1000W Metal Halide lamp over them, but then the cost of
running that light 8 - 10 hours a day for 3 - 4 months (at .11 cents a
KWH) will dwarf the cost of buying new plants the next spring.
..11/KWH X 8 hrs X 90-120 days = $80.00 - $120.00

Not to mention the cost of the fixture and bulb @$200.00.

$280.00 - $320.00 ? for a few "invasive weeds" My wallet says OUCH!!!

6 new WH (even at my LFS price of $3.50 ea. = $21.00
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Old August 3rd 04, 03:24 PM
Happy'Cam'per
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"WilsonKKW" wrote in message
...
I have Hyancth(sp?)parrot feather, water lily.,lily pads.How do they

winter
over? I was told the hyancth will die off,I was wondering if I can bring

them
indoors and let them live in a bucket of water?
Kathy


Hi Kathy
I would think it fine for them to survive in a bucket of water, no worries.
Would it not just be cheaper and easier to let them pass away and buy/swop
new plants in the springtime?
If you wanted to you could also add a small desk lamp over the bucket, this
will keep them 'barely' alive until spring. Possibly doing small water
changes weekly with old water from the pond, just to keep the nutrients up.
Good luck.
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Old August 3rd 04, 03:53 PM
chagoi
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I have tried to overwinter my plants in the basement under 240 Watts of
growlights in with my GF:
WH: died in a month
Cannas: lasted all winter then just browned and died a few weeks before
putting them outside.
Iris: no problem

Nothing beats Mother Natures good old fashion sunlight for maintaining
good plant growth.

This winter I expect a problem housing my Black Taro plant. it's already
4-5' high. and growing fast.

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chagoi wrote:

WilsonKKW wrote:

I have Hyancth(sp?)parrot feather, water lily.,lily pads.How do they
winter
over? I was told the hyancth will die off,I was wondering if I can
bring them
indoors and let them live in a bucket of water?
Kathy


WH will go from a vibrant healthy green, to a ugly mushy brown very
quickly when brought inside. That is unless you put them in a room with
a least a 1000W Metal Halide lamp over them, but then the cost of
running that light 8 - 10 hours a day for 3 - 4 months (at .11 cents a
KWH) will dwarf the cost of buying new plants the next spring.
.11/KWH X 8 hrs X 90-120 days = $80.00 - $120.00

Not to mention the cost of the fixture and bulb @$200.00.

$280.00 - $320.00 ? for a few "invasive weeds" My wallet says OUCH!!!

6 new WH (even at my LFS price of $3.50 ea. = $21.00

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Old August 3rd 04, 05:18 PM
Bill Stock
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"chagoi" wrote in message
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WilsonKKW wrote:

I have Hyancth(sp?)parrot feather, water lily.,lily pads.How do they

winter
over? I was told the hyancth will die off,I was wondering if I can bring

them
indoors and let them live in a bucket of water?
Kathy

WH will go from a vibrant healthy green, to a ugly mushy brown very
quickly when brought inside. That is unless you put them in a room with
a least a 1000W Metal Halide lamp over them, but then the cost of
running that light 8 - 10 hours a day for 3 - 4 months (at .11 cents a
KWH) will dwarf the cost of buying new plants the next spring.
.11/KWH X 8 hrs X 90-120 days = $80.00 - $120.00

Not to mention the cost of the fixture and bulb @$200.00.

$280.00 - $320.00 ? for a few "invasive weeds" My wallet says OUCH!!!

6 new WH (even at my LFS price of $3.50 ea. = $21.00
--
/\/\ike
Chagoi
http://ourkoipond.com


My WH lasted the winter, but were looking a little brown by the end. I had
140 watts of CFL lighting. Problem was the GF ate all the roots. I think if
I'd add some Potassium they would have had a better chance of outgrowing the
GF. Two of the original plants are back in the pond with roots fully
recovered now. But they have not spread like last year, it's been too cold
and cloudy.



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Old August 4th 04, 03:53 AM
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"WilsonKKW" wrote in message
...
I have Hyancth(sp?)parrot feather, water lily.,lily pads.How do they

winter
over? I was told the hyancth will die off,I was wondering if I can bring

them
indoors and let them live in a bucket of water?
Kathy

==================
I successfully keep over water lettuce in a 10 gallon tank with a 40w bulb
on 8 to 10 hours a day. They need a weak fertilizer several times a month
to stay healthy. The WH have lived over in a very bright sunny window and
also need fertilizer a few times a month. Change their water weekly to keep
it from stagnating.
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Old August 4th 04, 03:54 AM
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"chagoi" wrote in message
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This winter I expect a problem housing my Black Taro plant. it's already
4-5' high. and growing fast.

======================
I have the same problem. Mine are HUGE and I have 4 of them. :-(
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Old August 4th 04, 03:59 AM
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"Happy'Cam'per" wrote in message
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I would think it fine for them to survive in a bucket of water, no

worries.
Would it not just be cheaper and easier to let them pass away and buy/swop
new plants in the springtime?

================================
I don't like the idea of replacing the WL and WH every year as there is
always the chance of bringing in some new disease....
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Carol....
"How come wrong numbers are never busy?"
~~~~~~{@
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Old August 5th 04, 05:33 PM
Mike Miller
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I have had no problems keeping WH alive over the winter in a dishpan of
water, fluorescent lamps, cool basement, no big deal. Not all survive, but
most do.


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Old August 6th 04, 03:43 PM
Karen
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In article [email protected]_s02, "Mike Miller"
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I have had no problems keeping WH alive over the winter in a dishpan of
water, fluorescent lamps, cool basement, no big deal. Not all survive, but
most do.


what zone are you in and what type of fluorescent do you use?

Karen------ who hates paying almost $100 for 20 scrawney plants in spring!
Zone 5
Ashland, OH
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