Would these make for good Riparium plants?
I have tried several of those plants and they all grew more or less OK in riparium conditions. The only one among them that I like very much is aluminum plant (Pilea cardieri). It has has quite pretty leaves and is hardy. Somehow the small plants that one can find for sale at Home Depot or wherever look really plain and dumpy, but when it grows up it develops a very attractive shape. It is also slow-growing, which is a plus because it it needs that much less attention.
Aluminum plant grows well with its roots in water, but it doesn't like dense, wet media. I potted it as shown below, with the planter cup filled most of the way with Hydroton, then capped with a layer of finer gravel. This ensures more water diffusion around the roots.
Here it is lookin' purdy in among some Colocasia fallax and Acorus gramineus, two other really nice plants.
I have some extra aluminum plant and other stuff too that I can send your way whenever you want.
Im heading over to the nursery soon next week to pick up some plants so I will take a look around. I do have a 50G drum of Hydroton sitting around so it should come in handy for my new project this fall.
I imagine that 50 gallons of Hydroton should be plenty. Do you know what size it is? I found the 4-8mm--I think this is the smallest size--to be the most practical.
Hey I looked around their site some more and spotted a few other good ones in various categories:
You might also try that "green hedge" and "Joseph's coat". I have had those before and they are kind of plain, but they might be good for planting on a Nano Trellis Raft, like this...
If you do pick up any stuff there be sure to de-bug it before bringing it indoors. I imagine that that nursery grows stuff outside and the plants probably have plenty of pests on them. Here below I quote myself from a post into Hoppy's thread about his riparium describing the "dunk method" that I use remove insect pests--it has worked well so for me.
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