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Hello i need help with a Aponogeton ulvaceus, it has recently flowerd 3 stems in all with a 4th on the way . Do the flowers turn in to new plantlets ? or do they just die back once they have finished, here is a pic of 1 of the flowers:
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If you take a small paintbrush and brush over the flower, you can self pollinate them. Otherwise, they will eventually die off and fall backinto the water. I've never successfully managed to get anything from it, usually my flowers fall off in a fatal accident (such as dropping the hood on it...) Good luck.
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I am told you can snip off the flowers, dry out the small seeds and grow from seed. I am going to try this on another A. specie that flowered for me.

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I have raised, and am currently raising, lace plant seedlings. I use the paint brush method and I also use the "leave it be" method. Both have a tendency to produce seeds but the paint brush method produces more. The real key however, is to make sure you protect the stem as it can dry out and kill the flower before the seeds have set. If you do this and the flower is fertile you will see the inflorescence change from small flowers to seeds. The flower will then start to rot away and the seeds will sprout and float around in the tank. The next thing you’ll know is you will have little plants popping up all through your tank.

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I've successfully produced seedlings from my aponogetons before. Simply use the paintbrush method mentioned earlier, or even your fingers work, to pollenate the tiny little flowers. Over time, each successfully pollenated little flower will swell up producing a pointy green fruit about 1/4" - 1/2" diameter each. Just leave'em alone and they eventually split open and drop 1/4" green oval shaped seeds, which end up all over the tank, quickly germinating within a day or so. You'll have a crapload of seedlings all over the place! :shock:
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Great stuff thx for the quick replys. Also will the seeds sink or float and will any fish find them a tasty treat :shock: . The biggest fish in my tank is Boesmani rainbow fish.
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Great stuff thx for the quick replys. Also will the seeds sink or float and will any fish find them a tasty treat :shock: . The biggest fish in my tank is Boesmani rainbow fish.
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Probably not.

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Thx again .
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That the first flower this year from my 9 year old Lace plants. I have three that have been flowering since October, one is one of last years seedlings. Two new flowers are rising up this week. The scent is very pleasant.

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By brushing the flowers you spread the pollen and and then the flower will turn to seed. The seeds will sink to the bottom and germinate if you have bright light. Nitrate has to be present in the water or substrate for the seeds to germinate.

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Reviving this thread to ask a related question (great info upthread, guys!)

Anyway, I'm new to the lace leaf, and I've got one flower on an insanely long stem which is taking over the surface of the aquarium, and another one on the way. My question is, does trimming the flower have any adverse effect on the plant? And where is best to trim it? Close to the plant?

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Is the fruit edible? :lol:
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Cutting off the flower stalk has no adverse affect on the plant, in fact it will cause more leaf growth. You cut off the whole stalk at the base by the bulb.

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Reviving this thread to ask a related question (great info upthread, guys!)

Anyway, I'm new to the lace leaf, and I've got one flower on an insanely long stem which is taking over the surface of the aquarium, and another one on the way.
That's part of the reason I moved my lace plants intoa 24 inch tall aquarium (56 gallon column tank). :roll: They were completely suffocating the 30 gallon tank I was keeping them in.

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That's part of the reason I moved my lace plants intoa 24 inch tall aquarium (56 gallon column tank). They were completely suffocating the 30 gallon tank I was keeping them in.
Dang. :?

Now you said plants. Plural. Did you have more than one in a 30g? In your experience, do you think I'll have a problem with just 1?

(oh, and thanks for the reply, Robert!)


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