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Has anyone else wondered about what a nursery is like and how they mass grow all these great aquatic plants for us?

Does anyone know???
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I often have, I know that Arizona Aquatic gardens is in my state and I think around my town of Tucson, I have often thought about asking them for a tour but haven't gotten around to it.


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Hi Bones! Woo HoO someone else is curious too! right on! hey you should definitely take advantage of the fact that you got a nursery close by. Well, if you ever get a chance to take a tour, please share with us your experience.

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I emailed them right after i answered your post, so lets hope they answer back fast and say yes! I will keep you all up to date if I get a chance, Plus I just got a brand new Olypus digi cam so I could take lots of photos.


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Wow that is cool. But they are not under water they are all grown outside water. All those swords look like regular tropical plants. Puzzling to me :?:
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hi bubba, yea, it's a lot more efficient for them to grow emersed rather than submersed. they can grow lots of plants and it's a lot cheaper tooo. there's no way you can afford to have so many HUGe tanks for all those plants...can you imagine?? no way man, they would go out of business.

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Actually they prefer to grow the plant emersed as they can have a high stocking level. But there is plants that have to be grown submersed, Tonina, lotus etc.
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All those swords look like regular tropical plants. Puzzling to me :?:
What do you find puzzling about this? The sword plants you see in stores are tropical plants and thus look "tropical," as you suggest.
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So how would they house Ambulia, Baby Tears, Water Sprite and fragile stem plants like those? The sword plants aren't originally found from water they are really tropical ground plants?
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There are actually very few true predominantly aquatic plants in circulation today. Many plants that appear fragile in their submersed form are actually quite sturdy in their emersed form--they'd have to be to grow vertically out of water. Knetter said it well in another thread: Emersed forms can deviate greatly from submersed forms. Likewise, their structure differs on a microscopic level as well to enable their survival in an environment where the threat of dessication and a greater need for internal nutrient transport suddenly become factors.
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Isn't it also true that emersed growth plants fare much better during shipping?

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I think algae is also a reason why many plants are grown emersed, right? Very diffucult to get algae outside the water.
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yea, there are many reasons why they get emersed growth. I've never seen emersed growth of ambulia or water sprite. that would be cool to see what it looks like. most plants i got from an online vendor are emersed growth, but the rotala rotundifolia isn't emersed, it looks like it's grown underwater...

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I've never seen emersed growth of ambulia or water sprite. that would be cool to see what it looks like.
I had water sprite grow out of my tanks before, it looks similar to the submersed form, just like a little fern. I collected plants from around this area for my pond, and one of them has little green heads sticking out of the water, and after some time I started to see submersed growth and sure enough... Myriophyllum (Foxtail) red. Both forms look totally different.


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