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Old 02-17-2013, 06:09 PM   #1
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Erio parkeri Flowering; What to do ?? Pic attached


Hello people,

Yesterday I saw that my erios have flower buds. Every plant has 2 flower buds. I have heard that they die after producing flowers. I'm worried about my erios.
And one more thing- Leaves of my Erio parkeri are getting white. All other plants are doing great. Even Erio Cinereum is alright. I thought it maybe Calcium deficiency because my KH and Gh are 3 and 4 respectively. So I have added some baking soda in it according to Rexx's guide.
So two questions are-
1. What to do with the flowers !!

2. Why the leaves are turning white !!


here are the photos-
The Bud


Every plant has 2 flowers


The Clan -
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you dont have to do anything with the flowers. in my emersed setup i let the plant bloom. in my tanks, it would never make it to the surface, so i would rather it not waste its energy trying, so i just pluck the flower out. just take a hold of the stalk and pull sharply up. if you pull slow youll uproot the erio (no big deal if you do, just replant).
happy e. parkeri's crown (the very center) will turn white. thats normal. those are healthy plants.

a kh and gh of 3 and 4 are good. no need to touch it.
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Old 02-17-2013, 08:13 PM   #3
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I cut it off down at its base and a few days later it split for me
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Okay.. So I'd pluck the flowers today.
But what I don't get is their Splitting.
How would they split !! I mean would they turn in 2 separate plants or would I have to cut them ??
I need to do a big water change today.
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you CAN cut them. i dont. mine just split naturally. as they grow up, the lower bit slowly atrophies and rots. so if it splits into a Y shape, it eventually becomes two totally separate plants (over like 2-3 months) that are just planted next to each other. then i uproot all of em and replant, selling the extras.
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you CAN cut them. i dont. mine just split naturally. as they grow up, the lower bit slowly atrophies and rots. so if it splits into a Y shape, it eventually becomes two totally separate plants (over like 2-3 months) that are just planted next to each other. then i uproot all of em and replant, selling the extras.
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mine recently split and the one of the new plants are already flowering. These are beautiful plants to have....
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Okay.. So I'm gonna do a lil experiment here. I have 6 Erio parkeri.
Out of those 6, 4 are flowering. So I plucked the flower from 2 of those 4 flowering ones. Now lets see which one of them split soon.
I'm in love with this specie. I love Erios
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i know this is the old thread, am not sure how fast they suppose to split, i started with one and had another one split just after 2 weeks and now i have two of them and are same size, hopefully they split again in another two weeks.

are you guys sure they split in 2-3 months?? as mentioned by Marko??
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If the flowers break above the water line and are kept moist, each flower can develop into many plantlets, which you can then plant.
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If the flowers break above the water line and are kept moist, each flower can develop into many plantlets, which you can then plant.
That does happen with some species, but this one? Have you personally seen that with parkeri?
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I've to say that I've not seen it specifically for parkeri, I've seen in setaceum cinereum. If you fertilizer the flowers using say paint brushes, it should similarly develop seeds.
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were can you find these? never seen them in person
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i know this is the old thread, am not sure how fast they suppose to split, i started with one and had another one split just after 2 weeks and now i have two of them and are same size, hopefully they split again in another two weeks.

are you guys sure they split in 2-3 months?? as mentioned by Marko??
Its quite strange. They were splitting every 15 days till last month. But recently they have stopped flowering and splitting. Today I was looking closely but no signs of flowers.
I initially bought 5 and within 3 months I had more than 50 plants.
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I've to say that I've not seen it specifically for parkeri, I've seen in setaceum cinereum. If you fertilizer the flowers using say paint brushes, it should similarly develop seeds.
I read this somewhere and I did try doing the same. No success. Waiting for my cinereum to flower.
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The key for me seems to keep the cinereum flowers moist; having the flowers just above the water level seem to work. Too high off and they dry out. I used to spray them with water occasionally.

On the other hand I stopped keeping Eriocaulon cinereum now cos it seems to burn through its life cycle too damn fast. Perhaps its because of the warmer temperatures here. Within a couple of weeks, the babies become full grown then start sprouting flowers(on 8-9 inch pedicels) and stop producing leaves; then it seems to weaken and slowly become uglier once the flowers are produced. I could replant the babies but then within a few short weeks the cycle completes again. Cutting off the flowers doesn't seem to stop the plant. I think it looks much nicer in its leaf form than when its sprouting only flower stems.
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