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LOTUS removing an established area.

LOTUS removing an established area.

Bill Bancroft brought “Peach with Raindrops” a hybrid lotus to a farm pond on his property that had not had any lotus introduced to it. The lotus began spreading quickly along the shore and by the following summer had established an area a couple hundred feet in diameter.

Luckily he told me there was nothing to worry about when I asked if the lotus would overtake the pond. RoundUp, which is a common weed killer found in any big box store and hardware store in the country carries most of the year can be applied to kill lotus without harming other aquatic life.

Lotus are connected through long rhizome like tubers often many many yards long. A siple spritz should kill most of the plant connected by the root. It may take more than one application on long growing areas but the method is quick and simple he explains.

After the lotus is browned you can clean up the area or reintroduce perhaps a new color to the area. POND PLANTS such as Lotus are available seasonally at http://www.PondMegastore.com .

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  1. Diane says:

    I have serious reservations about recommending RoundUp use in the pond. While the active ingredient glyphosate is probably safe, POEA, the surfactant (wetting agent) used in RoundUp is not. Numerous studies have shown that it is toxic to aquatic life, including tadpoles and koi. There are many site specific environmental factors that must be taken into account before determining that this would be a safe way to remove lotus from one’s pond. Personally I’d pull them out, or walk around in there in the spring and break as many growing tips as possible. It really is not that hard to drown a lotus.

    • admin says:

      Good suggestion Diane, drowing is a great alternative to using any chemical. There would certainly not be the need for any chemical in a more contained enviroment such as an ornamental small pond or garden scenario.

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