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Old 07-31-2012, 10:11 PM   #1
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Growing Aponogeton Bulbs


I bought some of those walmart aponogeton bulbs, and some did not grow. I sent them in, and they sent me back a bunch more. I wanted some opinions on the best way to grow them out. I want to use them in a dirty bowl ie (Potting soil capped) is that a good idea? Is there a way to get them started growing in another container then plant them in the dirty bowl so I make sure I have good bulbs. Right now I put about 4 in a container with wet potting soil to see if they would start quicker that way. The rest I have in a plastic bag in the fridge. Is that a good way to store the extra?

Bascially my questions are:

1. Would potting soil capped be a good idea?
2. Is there a quicker way to get them started growin? (Floating, In Substrate)
3. Is it okay to store them in the fridge?
4. Would it be okay to plant them in the potting soil then cap that?

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It's the risk in buying bulbs versus live plants. Make sure it's dry and wrapped with lots of crumpled newsprint to prevent mold when stored in the fridge.
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Drop them in.. i let them flower up. The ulvaceus"lily" bulbs are more resistant to dormancy, but have runners instead of flowering up... One of mine came in huge like an amazon sword, it was nuts..

The crispus is lovely when healthy, i havent had much luck bringing them back tho... Flowers on the crispus look like tiny white salvia blooms.

As far as i know, most people keep their dormant bulbs in sand in the fridge.

If your tank is lightly planted, no special care is required..
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It's the risk in buying bulbs versus live plants. Make sure it's dry and wrapped with lots of crumpled newsprint to prevent mold when stored in the fridge.
I bought the bulbs from Walmart knowing they wouldn't all grow, and I could send them to Sea Life and get replacements. I do buy alot of live plants from members here and on the plantedtank. I will take your recommendation on the storage.

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Drop them in.. i let them flower up. The ulvaceus"lily" bulbs are more resistant to dormancy, but have runners instead of flowering up... One of mine came in huge like an amazon sword, it was nuts..

The crispus is lovely when healthy, i havent had much luck bringing them back tho... Flowers on the crispus look like tiny white salvia blooms.

As far as i know, most people keep their dormant bulbs in sand in the fridge.

If your tank is lightly planted, no special care is required..
If I just drop them in do you think there is any benefit to using potting soil and capping it off? Or is that just a good way to get them started then plant them after.
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If I just drop them in do you think there is any benefit to using potting soil and capping it off? Or is that just a good way to get them started then plant them after.
I got good growth and rooting in plain alley gravel.

Id just drop them in the tank, anchor them after they start growing. If the bulbs start to shrink or get soft then they arent getting what they need. Topsoil will help the plant, no doubt. But honestly, i think they do a superb job keeping params stable in low light/tech set ups..

Theyre entirely undemanding plants, except for the dormant season.
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I got good growth and rooting in plain alley gravel.

Id just drop them in the tank, anchor them after they start growing. If the bulbs start to shrink or get soft then they arent getting what they need. Topsoil will help the plant, no doubt. But honestly, i think they do a superb job keeping params stable in low light/tech set ups..

Theyre entirely undemanding plants, except for the dormant season.
Okay. I may just drop the rest in a bowl I got from wallyworld, and let the ones in the soil be.
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