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Trying to keep aponogeton from going dormant

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I currently have 4 sprouted aponogeton bulbs which I purchased from walmart a while ago. From what I heard, depending upon the species, these aponogeton typically go into a dormant period after flowering.

I have been cutting off the flowering stems every time I see one. It seems that after I cut off the flower stems a few times the plant will pretty much stop making them.

I was wondering, if this is a good way to keep aponogeton from going dormant?

Thanks in advance, guys!
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It is dependent on which species it is because some don't even go dormant. I have an ulvaceous and plucking off the flowering stem repeatedly didn't stop it from going dormant. Eventually it shed all its leaves and I pulled the bulb out and stuck it in a ziploc bag with moist sand and tucked it away in my cabinet for a couple months. Once I replanted it, it grew amazing again.


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Can I ask what dormant means? I have about 8 crispus bulbs and they simply just grow too tall, but I wanted to understand what is being talked about here.

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I have no idea what kind of aponogeton I have, they all seem like some sort of hybrid to me.

One of them has straight, long red leaves while another has green leaves. None of them has any ruffled bordered leaves that you typically seen in an aponogeton though.

By the way, dormant simply means the plant loses all the leaves and return to the bulb form, being completely inactive. Species of aponogeton are known to go through this period for a few months before they will sprout again.
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Can I ask what dormant means? I have about 8 crispus bulbs and they simply just grow too tall, but I wanted to understand what is being talked about here.
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I have no idea what kind of aponogeton I have, they all seem like some sort of hybrid to me.

One of them has straight, long red leaves while another has green leaves. None of them has any ruffled bordered leaves that you typically seen in an aponogeton though.

By the way, dormant simply means the plant loses all the leaves and return to the bulb form, being completely inactive. Species of aponogeton are known to go through this period for a few months before they will sprout again.
Even more than just that, some species need to go through an environmental change in order to trigger the new growth. This way the plant "thinks" it has gone thru the winter and it knows to start growing again.


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