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The life cycles of an Erio 'mini'

I was moving all my Erio 'minis' around today, and thought you might like to see some pics of all the different stages of the life cycle of these interesting plants.

Here we have the basic Erio, with a single crown, and no flowering yet:


Here are two plants that are splitting, meaning they have grown multiple crowns. The plant on the left actually has a single flower stalk, as the new crowns are growing from the side of an Erio that had started to flower and was cut in half:


Here is one that is well into it's flower cycle, but still has both flower stalks and leaves. Oddly, this plant seems to be splitting another crown on the left side also:


Here is an Erio that is finishing it's life cycle. All the leaves have rotted away and the flower stalks are starting to break down as well. Only now has it finally started growing a daughter plant from the base:


As a contrast, this is an Erio 'Thailand' that is starting to split:
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Wow what beautiful plant. Great thread too!
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How big do these erio Mini's get? Been looking for some but they don't seem to appear very often.

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Great documentation of a beautiful plant!

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How long is the life cycle of one of those? Once it is complete, do you have to get rid of the plant? I'm guessing that you propogate them by separating the daughter plants and replanting those? Interesting thread about a plant I know little about. Thanks!
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Heh, I had two of these and ended up throwing them away towards the end of their cycle b/c I thought they were dying on me. I was confused b/c they grew so well, and then lost all their leaves, but I don't believe they were far along enough for a daughter plant to form.
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Heh, I had two of these and ended up throwing them away towards the end of their cycle b/c I thought they were dying on me. I was confused b/c they grew so well, and then lost all their leaves, but I don't believe they were far along enough for a daughter plant to form.
Wish some of these would make it to the mid west.

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Thanks for the comments, guys!

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How big do these erio Mini's get? Been looking for some but they don't seem to appear very often.
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They can get to around 3 inches across, though they often start splitting at around 1-1 1/2 inches.
I would have a couple for sale, but I killed about half my stock recently, allowing them to get smothered in UG until they melted
If you haven't found any in a couple months, send me a pm and I'll see if I can help you out.

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How long is the life cycle of one of those? Once it is complete, do you have to get rid of the plant? I'm guessing that you propogate them by separating the daughter plants and replanting those? Interesting thread about a plant I know little about. Thanks!
I haven't kept track of it, but I'll take a guess and say the life cycle is about 8 months. Any time a new crown is forming it can be separated and replanted.

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Heh, I had two of these and ended up throwing them away towards the end of their cycle b/c I thought they were dying on me. I was confused b/c they grew so well, and then lost all their leaves, but I don't believe they were far along enough for a daughter plant to form.
If you want to keep them going, it is best to chop them into pieces within a couple weeks of the first flower stalks. Either that, or you have to wait until they are starting to completely rot and hope for the best.
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