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General Noob Question on Plant Life

This may be a noob question but here goes. How long should an aquarium plant live? If you do everthing right should they live a long time? Do some plants have a shorter life span than others? Is it possible to get a bad plant that is destined to die no matter what you do?
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This may be a noob question but here goes. How long should an aquarium plant live? If you do everthing right should they live a long time? Do some plants have a shorter life span than others? Is it possible to get a bad plant that is destined to die no matter what you do?
Interesting question to which I do not know the exact question.
But in one way, the answer is almost indefinitely.
That is because most stem and bunch aquarium plants either propagate themselves, or are easily propagated by planting trimmings.
I don't know about bulbs.
I think the constant controlled environment eliminates the stresses that would limit lifespan, and the need for seasonal reproduction/dieback.
A couple of factors that may limit plant life is the fact that many LFSs sell plants that are not truly submerged, and the fact that a particular plant may not like the params in your tank.
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I have one Amazon sword that is at least 14 years old. It has waxed and waned in sync with my interest in it, and it has fluctuated in height from 6 inches during a period of neglect to 12 - 15 inches, and back again. Its present height is 18 to 20 inches, with many leaves - too many, even.

It has thrived since I planted it in a soil substrate. Strangely (to me), it has never flowered and has only put out 2 short runners in all that time.

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