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Barcalaya Longfolia?

Any advice for growing, particularly when one receives a bulb?
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I'd leave the bulb sit on top of the substrate for a while. Let it start to sprout some leaves before you plant it in the substrate. In fact, you can let the leaves grow a bit before you plant it.

It may eventually flower for you, mine have in the past.

If you make it happy, you'll find little plants popping up here and there. If and when you do, be sure to send me a couple!


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Any advice for growing, particularly when one receives a bulb?
Thanks for starting this thread Jeff, because I was wandering the same thing.

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I'd leave the bulb sit on top of the substrate for a while. Let it start to sprout some leaves before you plant it in the substrate. In fact, you can let the leaves grow a bit before you plant it.

It may eventually flower for you, mine have in the past.

If you make it happy, you'll find little plants popping up here and there. If and when you do, be sure to send me a couple!


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Hi Mike.

What do you think about letting it sprout then just setting the roots into the substrate leaving the other half of the bulb out of the substrate?

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It actually prefers slightly warmer waters (around 28-30 dgrees Celcius) and will flower quite readily in most aquariums.
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According to my experience, and in the Kasselmann book, it prefers soft, slightly acidic water. I have found Barclaya bulbs to be very difficult to germinate. I have had literally dozens of bulbs at one time and had very few, sometimes 0 germinate. Their bulbs have a very low yield. Sometimes the bulbs will germinate after several years being dormant. I once had a three year old bulb suddenly decide to grow for the first time.

This is why an actual plant, (not just the bulb) has only been offered commercially in this country very sporadically over the last 20 years. Its hard to mass produce. The leaves are also fragile and can break off the base of the plant easily, (which is why many overseas guys only ship bulbs) You need to handle the plant very carefuly. The plant does have a short dormant period and various growth spurts. It must be left in place bulb and all undisturbed and well fed.

If you have the opportunity to buy a mature plant intead of just a bulb, I think you will be much happier.

If the bulb decides to germinate, it doesn't matter if its partially buried or just sitting on top of the substrae. It will either germinate or not. I would not completely bury it though

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Robert, can plants be moved (replanted)?
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