Archive for the ‘AQUATIC PLANTS’ Category

WATER HYACINTH - IN AND OUT OF YOUR WATER GARDEN

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: January 15th, 2014 | 68 Comments on WATER HYACINTH – IN AND OUT OF YOUR WATER GARDEN

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You could say that the history of the Water Hyacinth began on December 16, 1884. The “World’s Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition”, or the World’s Fair, opened on that day in New Orleans, LA. Among the many amazing wonders on display a never before seen herb was on display in Horticultural Hall. The herb, Eichornia crassipes, was an aquatic floating plant with dark green thick leaves and a beautiful delicate purple and blue flower with a yellow spot accenting several petals. This horticultural curiosity of the time quickly escaped the confines of Horticultural Hall and invaded the American waterways of the south.

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WATER LETTUCE IS A REAL PISTIA

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: August 16th, 2013 | 34 Comments on WATER LETTUCE IS A REAL PISTIA

Oh water lettuce.

You innocent unassuming looking little plant.

     Walk into any water garden supplier and ask for an easy to keep, good for beginners aquatic plant. You will likely have water lettuce suggested to you. Water lettuce is available at just about every aquatic plant vendor out there, and you can even get it shipped to you from online aquatic plant vendors. Some people also call it water cabbage, and it’s scientific name is Pistia, …Pistia stratiotes to be exact.

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HOW TO WINTERIZE POND PLANTS WITHOUT DROWNING THEM

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: November 16th, 2012 | 19 Comments on HOW TO WINTERIZE POND PLANTS WITHOUT DROWNING THEM

How to winterize aquatic plants is a very commonly sought after piece of information for water garden pond keepers. Everyone knows the internet is invaluable for fast how-to information and advice; however there is as much bad advice out there as there is good advice. The best advice will come from those who are professionals in the industry who have practical, first person, hands-on EXPERIENCE.

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THE AMAZING LOTUS FLOWER

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: July 26th, 2012 | 6 Comments on THE AMAZING LOTUS FLOWER

The Lotus, calling it just a flower seems like a description that is not quite fitting for such a plant. It is a plant with deep and ancient multi-cultural significance. A plant considered sacred in many religions, and mythologies. Lotus has been used medicinally for thousands of years.

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THE ART OF WATER GARDENING

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: April 23rd, 2012 | 2 Comments on THE ART OF WATER GARDENING

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Could water gardens be the ultimate and most influential form of art ever created?

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Worlds Fair Paris, France 1889, the Exposition Universelle du 1889. 100 years after the French Revolution the world was changing, and at this very moment Paris was the center of it all.

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THE LOTUS FLOWER. MORE TO IT THAN MEETS THE EYE

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: April 9th, 2012 | 3 Comments on THE LOTUS FLOWER. MORE TO IT THAN MEETS THE EYE

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The lotus flower, Nelumbo nucifera.

The relationships that are sometimes developed between man and plant can be very fascinating. This definitely holds true for the lotus flower. The lotus flower and human connection goes back well beyond 1000 years, and crosses numerous cultural and geographical boundaries even from ancient times. The lotus is even revered in a spiritual way by several cultures. Still today, lotus is a widely known and popular water garden plant that can be found in about any water garden center, just about anywhere on the planet. The lotus flower has achieved truly an iconic status with its familiar large flower head that is easily identified by even the beginner water garden enthusiasts and chefs.

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MAN EATING PLANTS IN YOUR POND!

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: July 20th, 2011 | No Comments on MAN EATING PLANTS IN YOUR POND!

Warning:
PLEASE KEEP YOUR HANDS AND FEET AWAY FROM THE POND!
Man eating plants!! Sounds scary, and lucky for us that there are not many plants around that are attacking humans; ‘Day of the Triffids” has long passed us by and all is well between mankind and the plant world for now. Flesh eating carnivorous plants!! Now here is a bit more of a reality. Even though relatively rare compared to the vast plant groupings out there, the flesh eating plant is not only out there, but may find their way into your backyard pond, and they are nothing to be scared of.

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GRASS CARP FOR YOUR POND

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: February 23rd, 2011 | 94 Comments on GRASS CARP FOR YOUR POND

Triploid grass carp, Diploid grass carp, white amur….not very alluring names for a fish that one may want to stock their natural pond with. Grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idellus) are not really the greatest looking fish to keep in your pond and on top of that they are certainly not easy to acquire, and would probably require a permit to keep in your pond. Who wants to do paper work just to get a fish?

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HOW TO WINTERIZE A TROPICAL LILY

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: February 8th, 2011 | 2 Comments on HOW TO WINTERIZE A TROPICAL LILY

For water gardeners in the colder regions, the hot summer months are high time to get the most enjoyment out of our water gardens. For water gardeners of the colder regions to enjoy the classic water lily with its floating leaves and colorful fragrant blooms; they have to keep hardy lilies that will make it through the cold winter months and come back the following season.

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WILL THE REAL KOI POND STAND UP

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: May 19th, 2010 | 6 Comments on WILL THE REAL KOI POND STAND UP

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I was told recently while in a conversation with another koi pond keeper that my koi pond is not a real koi pond.
Now before I get to how this comment came about, let me lay out some indisputable FACTS.

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