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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-03-2004, 06:28 PM Thread Starter
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Apparently I'm full of questions today. This is my third post.

How do I plant my Tiger Lotus bulbs? I've had them sitting in the aquarium for a few days now and 3 out of the 4 have roots to varying degrees. How big should I let the roots get before I plant the bulbs in the substrate? and how deep in the substrate should I put them?


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I have read that if you give it enough time. it will root itself. In the past I have placed the bulb partially covered in the substrate and seems to always do fine.
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Warmth and moisture make them sprout.
Bury it half way now, most of them have a tapered end which sticks up when ya plant it but dont worry, if its upside down it will still sprout and then you can fix it.
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By "bury it half way", do you mean bury it so that half of it is in the substrate and half of it out? What I would call the tapered end actually has the roots and I'm assuming that end should go down.

I'm really wondering how deep I should bury the bulbs. Should they stick out of the substrate some or should I bury them just below the surface or should I push them in pretty deep?


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I let mine grow until I can see which end has roots...then I bury that side down. So far both bulbs are doing well.

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Hmm... I thought the roots and leaves came out of the same end? Anyway, I just threw mine in the rooted itself fine (even though it was laying on its side). It SEEMS healthy so far...pretty good growth.

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Thought I'd post a follow-up for anyone who searches.

It does indeed appear that the roots and leaves come out of the same end. They both are coming out of the end that tapers somewhat to a point. Kinda weird, but that's what is happening. I have the bulbs planted with this end up and that seems to be working ok. The roots are growing down towards the substrate as you would expect. I'll probably give them another few days and then bury them so that they're just under the surface.

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