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Echinodorus 'red ozelot' flowers

Well, I got home, and after some tough time this week, look waht I found in my canopy. New record to have 5 bloom all at once. (don't mind the dirty glass)




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so pretty. They actully look like apple blossoms.
Now that is such a nice surprise.

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take a brush... soft sable or use your own hair to make the brush and pollinate those flowers.. See what happens. I wonder if they're all of the same sex.


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Just curious, what's the length of your photo period, when I had some red ozelots, there were only plantlets and no flowers, or hmm, maybe my flowers got dried up under my previous canopy, I forgot it's been 5 yrs since I had this plant.
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Interesting you post this Walter.

My Green Ozelot has been spiking like mad as well. Flower looks much the same. Never had a full chain of flowers before.

Just dropped off four plantlet to the SFBAAPS meeting last weekend. Still have four more nodes growing plants. So that will be eight total going for store credit.

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take a brush... soft sable or use your own hair to make the brush and pollinate those flowers.. See what happens. I wonder if they're all of the same sex.
MG, you're the second person to ask me to try that, and unfortunately both of you were a tad late. These flowers only last 1 day if your lucky. With the fans going there are times I totally miss the flower while I am at work.

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Just curious, what's the length of your photo period, when I had some red ozelots, there were only plantlets and no flowers, or hmm, maybe my flowers got dried up under my previous canopy, I forgot it's been 5 yrs since I had this plant.
Right now I'm running 1/2 hour with 2 X 96, 6 hours with 4 X 96, and them another 1/2 @ 2 X 96.

I don't know if this makes a difference, but at the end of last week I changed out 2 very old bulbs for coralife colormax 6700 combos.
Expensive, about the closest thing I can get to the GEs in 96 watts

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MG, you're the second person to ask me to try that, and unfortunately both of you were a tad late. These flowers only last 1 day if your lucky. With the fans going there are times I totally miss the flower while I am at work.


Right now I'm running 1/2 hour with 2 X 96, 6 hours with 4 X 96, and them another 1/2 @ 2 X 96.

I don't know if this makes a difference, but at the end of last week I changed out 2 very old bulbs for coralife colormax 6700 combos.
Expensive, about the closest thing I can get to the GEs in 96 watts
Thanks for the information, unfortuantly the current tanks I have are too small for any sword or ozelot, it'll be in about 2 years when I move into a new place and I'll make sure I have a larger tank in my budget =)

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MG, you're the second person to ask me to try that, and unfortunately both of you were a tad late. These flowers only last 1 day if your lucky. With the fans going there are times I totally miss the flower while I am at work.
I listen to a weekend gardening show here in the Atlanta Metro area on Saturday mornings. I have heard them suggest to use an electric toothbrush to help pollenate flowers. They use the non brush side and simply buzz the flower for a second or two to stir up the pollen.

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I listen to a weekend gardening show here in the Atlanta Metro area on Saturday mornings. I have heard them suggest to use an electric toothbrush to help pollenate flowers. They use the non brush side and simply buzz the flower for a second or two to stir up the pollen.
Yeah, I think the g/f does that...lol

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I listen to a weekend gardening show here in the Atlanta Metro area on Saturday mornings. I have heard them suggest to use an electric toothbrush to help pollenate flowers. They use the non brush side and simply buzz the flower for a second or two to stir up the pollen.
I don't know. either my flowers are too delicate, or I have a Milwaukee (red power tools, not regulators) power tooth brush, but I don't think these flowers would take that kind of abuse. LOL

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It seems these cultivars can self pollinate but sowing the seeds is labor intensive. Most of us don't have the time for that but it sounds to be a great way to grow a bunch emersed.

As I've read there are several mentions out there about growing them emersed all together. Very interesting idea too bad I live in a glorified desert.

If the effort is to be placed in seed collecting why not try to hybridize them further? Would be interesting to see what would happen with your red oz. x green oz. I have and see what happens.

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WOW that's awesome!!! My Red Oelot still has yet to do that

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Give it some time. I had it almost 9 months (got it because it outgrew a local club member's 29) before i got a plant spike. Now I can't stop it.

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How many leaves are you keeping on the mother plant?

I've been keeping mine at bay with three to four only. Once you let it get more than that it starts going into tree form for me.

This post prompted me to look into the "ozelot" lineage. Quite a few I've never seen in person.

BTW What kind of stand do you have on the 125. How do you like the canopy?

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The plant usually has around 10 leaves at a time.
The stand an canopy are from AGA.
Here is an old pic (insides don't look anything like that, but you can see the stand , and canopy):

the canopy is great, I've got the AH supply lights mounted, 2 in back, 2 in front, so when I flip open the top I still have light in the tank, And there is decent room in there.

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