I have a pond.
My pond has plants.
I fertilized those plants and …
those plants had babies. Lots of em.
Yup. I have a classic case of Octopond.
5 ways to display Water Lettuce
Yes, the return of the Dollarama candy dish. Guess we can turn this list into 11.
Water Lettuce are popular pond plants because they allow shade and cover. The shade helps the pond maintain good health and cover helps the fish maintain good health. Nothing makes a fish less healthy than being ripped apart by a raccoon who can just reach into the pond and grab Nemo.
In the heat, water lettuce have a tendency to get quite amorous. Water lettuce are “loose”, if I may be so bold. They reproduce like polygamists but are significantly more attractive. You will never see a bad hair-do on a Water lettuce.
If your pond is overrun with Water Lettuce, bring ’em inside. They don’t last incredibly long, and their water starts to stink after a few days (could be a symptom of their “loose” behaviour for all I know) but they look GREAT.
I love the feathery roots so my preference is to put the Water lettuce in clear vessels.
You can buy Water lettuce at any pond supply or garden centre in the summer. They run between $3 and $5 for large ones but if you buy them in July or August chances are they’ll be on sale. And like I mentioned … they’re a bit on the “friendly” side, so if you only buy 2, you’ll soon have 12. Barring the invention of a pond prophylactic.