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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-05-2018, 05:27 PM Thread Starter
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New Madagascar lace plant business

Dear fellow plant enthusiasts,

I have started a licensed aquatic plant nursery specializing in the varieties of Madagascar lace plant, and Iím wondering what would be the best venue and best advertising to sell these plants, maybe build a healthy business. After two years of experimentation and breakthroughs, I have figured out how to germinate, plant and sustain a high percentage of healthy seedlings that come from vigorous, self-dividing parent plants (my breeding cows) which provide a steady yield of flowers. In these conditions everything is growing faster, and Iím not seeing dormancy in the two varieties Iíve had since the beginning. EBay and Amazon donít look too promising, though I am just beginning to offer plants for sale. Iím sure that the big nurseries clone these, but I hope to earn a comfortable market share despite. What is the most effective way to retail these? At some point I may consider wholesale but not unless I grow on a considerably larger scale.

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What varieties and how much are they?
Maybe I will buy one.


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wow good luck wish i could grow these but have failed in the past what is the secret my pleco always seems to naw on the bulb before it spouts and then it just diminishes have had luck with some apogens he has nawed on them also but they are doing very well at the monet any sugestions would be great thanks should i just bury the bulb as they say not to do that ???


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I have a huge one listed for $40 on eBay, and it could be a gem of a centerpiece in a tank. I'm seeing normal sized plants with 6-8 leaves going for $10-16 which might be my target size to bring to market, but this specimen is one of the breeding cows I'm putting out to test the market. I'm nurturing a small army of quarter to baseball sized plants, just planted 300 more. It could take me a year to get the rotation of volume I want, so I'm starting slow. There is a lot of confusion about taxonomy, but from what I can glean so far, the really long 3 inch wide (var. Fenestralis?) and my most abundant stock. The shorter broad leaf (like tennis racket head) (var. Major?) The third variety I've seen is listed in Europe consistently as Henkelianus and has a long thin, brighter lime green and very finely meshed lanciform leaf. Early on I killed off my three Henkelianus specimens with a rookie water quality mistake so will take those for a spin again soon when I set up another pool. If I remember correctly, one had a triple flower spike before being snatched from the jaws of victory.

Bump: Leave 1/3 of the bulb above substrate making sure growing tip faces up, give medium daylight balanced light and a bit of rich organic substrate or aquarium soil (I use Sta-green, Miracle Gro) below gravel. Laguna plant spike for pond plants in soil near bulb, because they have complete micronutrients and no copper, which is poisonous to the genus Aponogeton. Root Tabs have copper, wouldn't risk it. Generous Co2 infusion on timer solenoid is essential, as is algae control.

Also, soluble iron and macro-nutrient water column dosing keeps 'em green and happy.

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Aren't Madagascar Lace leaf plants cool-water plants? I was under the impression that one of the reasons they don't do well in home aquaria is most fish and plants require warmer water.
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These have done really well despite 85 degree water in summer. Maybe the intense carbon and nutrient load with low/no algae outpaces bulb burnout. I tried these back in 2001 while going by the book with a chiller and no-organics laterite powder/laterite gravel with cable heater, Co2, low water current and liquid nutrients......they got black spot "leprosy" and died within two months. Soil works.
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Hi All,

When Christel Kasselmann did a talk here in Seattle in the fall of 2012 I believe she mentioned at least three (3) variants of Aponogeton madagascariensis she collected in Madagascar. Madagascar is considered 'tropics'.

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