My water lettuce needs...something!

Anza, CA(Zone 8b)

When I got these in July they were dark green and producing 'babies' left and right. Now they are obviously unhappy. They are much smaller then original, too. Is it too high of temps, water and/or air, or is there something in the water, or not in it? We have slightly iron water-not really bad.

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San Antonio, TX

I would bet your pond is in full sun ~ right? Mine look exactly like that and that's my problem plus my fish are eating them. I didn't realize they liked it but they do. I have a raised pond in a courtyard in full sun but last year the house next door had a huge tree that cast shade in the hottest part of the day but no more. They cut it down and now I'm struggling to keep anything alive. I'm really looking forward to fall!

Anza, CA(Zone 8b)

Thanks, I suspected the sun was the problem. When the temps are in the 90's, they are a little out of their element. I hope the goldfish aren't doing too much damage, though!

Brooklyn, NY(Zone 7b)

MMMMM thanks... I've got the same story... and they are in full sun here... and there I was blaming the plant safe algicide I had used a few pond cleanings ago.. I started foliar feeding them when I do everyone else.. and it seems to help restore some color..
the pond seems to have made out the best of all in yesterdays hurricane... as it's sheltered and recessed..

Anza, CA(Zone 8b)

Good to hear that you, and hopefully all of your loved ones, came through that safely! Thanks for the advice on the feeding, I'll try that too, if cooler weather doesn't fix things. They only have to hold on for a few more weeks!

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