This plant flowers at the end of spring. These flowers are purple in color. However these plants are invasive in the place they are grown making other plants or fishes to choke. Beginners guide gives information on how to maintain the plants without being invasive.

Eichhornia crassipes plant

Common NameEichhornia crassipes is popularly called Water Hyacinth.
ColorThe color of the leaf is emerald green and the flowers are lavender in color.
Habitat/OriginThey are native to subtropical or warm temperatures. They are also native to tropical desert and rainforest zones.
Average SizeThe leaves of this plant are 10-20 cm that is 4-8 inches. They can grow up to 3 feet in height in the water.
Growth RateThe growth rate of this plant is high. They can establish very well under optimum temperature.
PlacementThey can be placed on the surface of the tank. In the container, they can be allowed to float.
MaintenanceThe plant should be thinned as they can cover the entire water surface. Thinning can be done when they cover approximately 60 percent of the water surface.
Planting MethodsIn the pond, place a bunch of this pant on the surface of the water. The plant themselves take hold and starts growing. In the container place them in a layer of soil and cover the container with a garbage bag. Do not use commercial pot soil. The soil should be covered with a layer of sand.
Ideal SetupThe optimum temperature is 77-86 degrees F. They do not require nutritious soil. Mostly used in biotope based aquarium
Care LevelThe care level of this plant is easy. They just need trimming or thinning. This is to avoid the choking of everything else in the pond.
SupplementsThe plant does not require much supplement.
LightingThey can grow well in summer temperatures. In the pond, they require full sunlight but when grown in containers, they can do well in shade or mid-afternoon sun.
Water temperatureThe plant can tolerate temperature from 54- 95 degree F. The pH can be from 5.0- 7.5.
PropogationThe plant doubles its size in every 8 to 12 days. They can spread themselves and develop into new plants.
Approx. CostThey cost $ 10 to $12
Common DiseasesThe leaves of the water hyacinth aquarium plant can turn black and rot away. This is because of lack of nutrients.
What to look for when buyingThe plant should have green leaves. The brown colored leaves are a sign of rotting.
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