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Putting Duckweed Up for Adoption

August 15, 2012


I recently connected with an adoptive family in California eagerly looking for young duckweed to bring into their backyard and raise as their own. In their request, they stated that they had heard a great deal about duckweed’s talents and were eager to make young duckweed a part of their sustainable lifestyle.

I felt the family would be a good candidate so  I sourced the perfect duckweed and prepped it for its journey out West. I always like to give last-minute pearls of wisdom to all my duckweed before I place them in a new home and this time was no exception.

“Just so you know, this family isn’t used to raising duckweed, but I know they will try to take very good care of you,” I assured my young protegé. “I’ve told your new parents how you like to adapt to your new surroundings in a semi-shaded area for a few days before being turned totally loose to fend for yourself in a big pond. I reminded your new family that when you arrive, to immediately let you stretch your roots and float in a  large bucket of rain water.  I told them to give you plenty of vitamins and minerals by adding a few handfuls of garden dirt and humus to the water before you arrive.”

I gazed at this tender young duckweed and thought of all the potential hazards that it might encounter on the long trip. “Now remember to stay out of direct sunlight in your ziplock baggie.  If it gets above 90 degrees F, you are going to get sick and it will be very disappointing for your new family. Also, don’t lolly gag in post offices and arrive in California pale and tired out from the trip.”

As I prepared its  shipping package, I gave the duckweed lots of encouragement and a final blessing. “Tell your new parents not to worry. You’re an easy plant to raise. I think of how you are so good about not complaining and making do with whatever  people feed you. You always leave your surroundings cleaner than you find them. You offer much in terms of protein and starch for hungry animals, bioplastic, and bioenergy. Your future looks very bright and I am so proud of you. May you have a great life with your new family!”

I sealed the package and took it the post office. Another successful adoption of one of the most amazing plants on the planet.  I smiled all the way home.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. September 13, 2012 10:59 am

    I loved your advice to your young duckweed. I think we have a duckweed mother-load here. I’m looking forward to learning more on your site. I’m fairly new to the benefits of duckweed. I love your sustainable living outlook as well. To me, it’s the only way to go. Keep up the good work!


  2. Renea permalink
    August 30, 2012 12:43 pm

    can you collect duckweed straight from a pond and ship it, or do I have to clean it first???? I need some help … Do i have to grow it indoors in order to sell it?? i would appreciate some advice.


  3. August 15, 2012 7:17 pm

    Speaking of adopted duckweed, mine is doing just great. It has already multiplied several times and has been eagerly eaten by both the chickens and the ducks.

    The ducks were suspicious at first, as I stirred a handful into their newly-filled wading pool. They gathered around to dip their beaks and look at the new arrivals, and talked among themselves. Then my phone rang and I had to go in. About 20 minutes later, I went back to check: the ducks were in the pool, and all the duckweed was gone. Now, I’m pretty sure that it didn’t climb out by itself. The second addition was gobbled up much more quickly, with very little discussion about the respective merits and drawbacks of the duckweed. I guess this is why they call it DUCKweed.

    Adopting out your little duckweeds educates people and improves the world, two urgently needed qualities.

    p.s. I was in the post office on Monday, and noticed some small boxes about the size of VHS cassettes, and thought how perfect they would be for shipping. $2.95 if they don’t weigh too much.



    • August 15, 2012 10:21 pm

      I’ve seen those. Will check em out. Thanks. Glad your batch is growing well. Yours is a success story. Congratulations!


  4. yassin permalink
    August 15, 2012 6:41 pm

    Enjoyed reading your post :). The headline made me put down what i was doing and come reading the post 🙂


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