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FrillyLily
springfield area, MO
(Zone 5b)

June 3, 2009
7:33 PM

Post #6637234

is duckweed hardy in zone 5?
will my goldfish eat it?

BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

June 3, 2009
11:19 PM

Post #6638230

Here is a link and they state zone 6-10 . It is so inexpensive would not hurt to treat as annual.
http://www.pondsplantsandmore.com/Duckweed_Lemna_minor_p/pfh duckweed.htm
FrillyLily
springfield area, MO
(Zone 5b)

June 4, 2009
1:55 AM

Post #6638938

I wonder if it would overwinter in a goldfish tank in the house?
I think it is kind of border line on hardiness for my area.
I called our local nursery and they didn't get any in this year :(

dbsmith2
Amsterdam, NY
(Zone 5a)

June 4, 2009
2:22 AM

Post #6639040

It overwintered (I find it hard to believe too) in the pool under my fountain. And that pool was frozen rock solid. Yet there it was, floating happily across the top the other day. I use that pool to grow it, then throw some in the goldfish and koi ponds. They'd eat it all in one sitting if allowed.
FrillyLily
springfield area, MO
(Zone 5b)

June 4, 2009
2:24 AM

Post #6639048

so goldfish DO eat it??
I do not have any koi to worry about...
dbsmith2
Amsterdam, NY
(Zone 5a)

June 4, 2009
2:26 AM

Post #6639060

My goldfish, despite their Japanese pedigree, are garbage hounds. Others might be more particular, but if my guys can catch it, they ingest it.
snapple45
Holland, OH
(Zone 5b)

June 4, 2009
2:28 AM

Post #6639070

frillylilly - yes you can keep duckweed in an aquarium, tropical or goldfish, but the lighting has to be exceptional - 6700 kelvin, 3 to 4 watts per gallon.
FrillyLily
springfield area, MO
(Zone 5b)

June 4, 2009
2:29 AM

Post #6639071

lol mine probably would too.

crazy4brugs

crazy4brugs
Kansasville, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 7, 2009
4:06 PM

Post #6654061

My duck weed over winters in my bog garden. The water is only a couple inches above the mud, and it does freeze solid. I'm in zone 5
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

June 10, 2009
2:30 AM

Post #6666524


Wait. You mean to tell me the muck we scoop out and toss into the
weeds every day could be fed to our Koi?

My gosh, that stuff breeds like crazy in our Lotus tubs. It multiplies
faster than the frogs around here. LOL

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FrillyLily
springfield area, MO
(Zone 5b)

June 10, 2009
4:16 PM

Post #6668652

looks like clover does too lol
my front yard is NOTHING but clover :(
I used to have grass until the water district put in new sewer tanks, and ruined everyone's lawns.

Is that duckweed in the pic? I thought it was just little things that floated and did not have much roots to it? That looks like a lot of roots in it?

does duckweed ship through the mail ok? I guess it would have to stay wet, and still be able to get air to it?
mekos
Fair Play, SC
(Zone 7b)

June 10, 2009
4:26 PM

Post #6668690

I had some tiny green specks that floated to the top of the water when I bought a water lily a couple weeks ago and it's getting bigger. Could that be duck weed?

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FrillyLily
springfield area, MO
(Zone 5b)

June 10, 2009
4:32 PM

Post #6668715

it looks more like a camera to me ...


sorry couldn't resist :)

WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

June 10, 2009
5:43 PM

Post #6669074

I always thought duckweed was just tiny little things, too, but
when hubby pulled a wad out I was able to get a picture of it.

Cute stuff, but it multiplies like crazy.
jjconcepts
Milford, CT
(Zone 6a)

June 12, 2009
8:04 PM

Post #6678923

that looks like duckweed, in the warmer months they to put out long roots.
-joe-

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