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Should these bulbs be under the gravel or is it ok on top?
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I'm not quite sure, but I've been told by others that it can go either way. I've had success planting the bulb on that plant.

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BTW, if you're refering to the lotus plant, I don't think that's called a bulb.

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I'd just push them slightly into the substrate, like the one on the right in your pic. With the growing end up This way they don't start to float around. Soon the little plants will grow roots.


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Hey, I bought about 6 of these bulbs at a pet store the other day just to see what came out. They've been about 4 days submerged.

How long did it take yours to sprout Nordic?
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I bought them like this today, they are quit heavy and sink easliy, the people at the petshop called its pixie bulbs, they say it flowers too...

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i bought some at walmart and grew up in like a week, and i bought some more onl these have been coming up as red lotus's [weird] they were'nt suppose to be. The reds are at the surface of my 10 gallon now cause i have very low[15 watts for now]
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I have always buried the bulbs for my lotus plants, just deep enough to cover the bulb...

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The guy at the LFS said these plants love to grow to the surface, and that one should simply trim those leaves off, to force aquatic growth again.

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Those are African Tiger Lotus bulbs. Leave them sitting on the gravel or just bury the bottom of the bulb. If you bury the whole bulb, the plant will most likely die. You can also separate the plant from the bulb quite easily when roots develop, and then the bulb will produce another plant.

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Each of the two bulbs seems to be producing 2 plants each, except for the smallest bulb (about half inch) it has only 1 baby leaf comming out the top, and a small root on the other side. The position of the 2 plants on each bulb makes it imposible to burry in my hard substrate... days like this I miss the sand.

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you lucked out on finding them at walmart...

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