Water Lettuce

Item: 150129

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  • Free Floating Plant
  • Great For Shady Ponds
  • Increases Natural Filtration

Water Lettuce is a unique floater that is covered in fuzzy-soft light-green leaves that form a rosette and float peacefully on the water's surface. The rosette conceals a small female flower and the seed bearing fruit of the plant. Water Lettuce is supported by a large number of feathery roots submersed in the water beneath the leaves of the plant. These roots make this plant ideal for added filtration, and the rosette makes perfect shade and spawning habitat for koi and goldfish.

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Floating Plant - Water Lettuce
Water Lettuce
Plant Type Floating Plant
Hardiness Zones 9 To 11
Growing Light Partial Sun To Full Shade
Flower Color None
Bloom Time N/A
Plant Size Horizontal Up To 6"
Also Known As Pistia Stratioes

Mail Order: What To Expect

Plants you receive by mail need time to adjust. Water Lettuce will arrive in Bunches (several stems or groupings of plants). Upon arrival, they may not appear lush but given time & proper care, they will flourish!

Planting Instructions

Simply place in water and plant will float freely.

Fertilization

Fertilization is typically not needed for Water Lettuce as they take excess nutrients from your pond water. If needed, Microbe-Lift® Bloom & Grow™ can be used.

Plant Maintenance

For best results, trim or prune as leaves and flowers begin to turn yellow or brown, remove them completely, discarding them to keep as much excess organic material out of water-body as possible.

Winter Care

In Zones 8 and lower, discard Water Lettuce after the first hard frost.

Restrictions

Due to the quick growth of Water Lettuce, it is extremely invasive in states where temperatures do not reach freezing. Many Southern states restrict shipping this plant. Never release these plants in public lakes or waterways in any state.

Weeds Treated

The first step towards effectively treating any pond weed is proper identification. Water Lettuce is recommended for use against each of the weeds listed below. Click on your desired weed for more information and alternate control options.

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don't buy too many
Aug 27, 2009 | By jeanette
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I only bought 3 and they nearly took over my whiskey barrel water garden.


They are HUGE!
Jul 17, 2010 | By Amy
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Bought a few of these this spring and they are huge already! They seem to be keeping my water much clearer too, I just wonder if you can really eat them! LOL


Average plant
Jul 29, 2011 | By Brian
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I'm in MI so I didn't expect a lot of growth, but it takes a while to have enough to cover the water and prevent algae or make cover for your fish. 3 months and I have approx. 100 1-2" plants, lots of roots, but my pond is large and it doesn't help much.


water lettuce..water hyacinth too!
Aug 3, 2011 | By Kathy Dunn
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both are growing like crazy....my pond is now clear & beautiful!.. thanks for such great plants.


Didn't last long
Apr 17, 2012 | By Sylvia McCaskill
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I'm sorry to say the water lettuce & the other floating plant did not survive very long at all. It pretty much was water down the drain. All it left was tidbits of plants which made a mess & clogged up the filters.


Water Lettuce
Apr 24, 2012 | By John Modlin
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I have purchased these for several years now, The hotter the weather the more they produce. When I get over run I have a friend who has a huge pond and several Swans that love them.


Pond Plants
May 3, 2012 | By Dawn
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We received our order when they said it would be delivered. All plants were in good shape and thriving now in our pond.


Water Lettuce
Jun 27, 2012 | By Martha Smith
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My plants arived in good condition. Very proud of them. They are growing and doing well. My water is staying clear


Very small....
May 21, 2014 | By Stephanie
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Last year's water lettuce were HUGE and healthier. Disappointed. **Response from The Pond Guy - Please keep in mind that with the extremely cold winter temperatures, some plants did not grow as quickly as other years. They will continue to grow in your pond.**


BEAUTIFUL plants!
Aug 21, 2014 | By Barbara Jo Bryant
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These arrived in fantastic condition right on time and I am so very impressed with the size and condition of these gorgeous plants! My fish love them already ( less than 1 day in the pond). I am excited to see how these perform in a new backyard pond in the low desert in AZ. I am very happy with the service and the product. I will defintely order these from these guys,in future as needed!


Great!
May 22, 2015 | By Pam
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Just received my three plants each of water hyacinth and water lettuce. They are big, healthy, and have well-established roots. They were packaged very carefully too with easy to follow instructions for integrating into my pond. I couldn't be happier with this order (first time ordering plants via mail)! Thanks Pond Guy and associates!

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