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Grow your own plant bulbs - Need advice

So, I purchased a number of these from Petco. I've only attempted 7, and so far 3 have sprouted. I'm curious as to the behavior of these bulbs, though. According to the packaging, included are an assortment of aponogeton, waterlily, barclaya, and an onion plant (which I don't plan on using). Sprouts appeared after only a few days, but one of the bulbs (or rather, the sprout) seemed to stop "growing" after awhile. Another produced a rather long... root, I guess, but when I looked at the bulb this morning, the root seemed to have mostly vanished. The third has only sprouted a little. After today's water change, I buried the bulbs - sprout-down - into the substrate, a little. I'm hoping that will help encourage the bulbs to grow a bit more. The packaging advises a 30-day waiting period. To those of you who have experience with these bulbs, what can I expect? Does any of this sound familiar? Thanks for any advice.
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So, I purchased a number of these from Petco. I've only attempted 7, and so far 3 have sprouted. I'm curious as to the behavior of these bulbs, though. According to the packaging, included are an assortment of aponogeton, waterlily, barclaya, and an onion plant (which I don't plan on using). Sprouts appeared after only a few days, but one of the bulbs (or rather, the sprout) seemed to stop "growing" after awhile. Another produced a rather long... root, I guess, but when I looked at the bulb this morning, the root seemed to have mostly vanished. The third has only sprouted a little. After today's water change, I buried the bulbs - sprout-down - into the substrate, a little. I'm hoping that will help encourage the bulbs to grow a bit more. The packaging advises a 30-day waiting period. To those of you who have experience with these bulbs, what can I expect? Does any of this sound familiar? Thanks for any advice.
i have bought these a number of times at wal mart, the aponogeton are the only ones i have had any luck with at all, and even those are hit or miss big time. if i get 2 plants from 6 bulbs i count myself as lucky. i am about to try them again in my "Miracle grow" grow out tank.But if you get bulbs that have been sitting in a package for 2 years in a warehouse somewhere chances are nothing you do will get them to grow
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I bought some bulbs from aquariumplants.com and they went nuts in my 10g with Guppies, Neons, Swordtails and 30lbs of Eco Complete substrate. I buried the bulbs halfway leaving the tops exposed.

76 degrees F, 20 fish total, Penguin HOB, Ph 7.5 no ferts, nothing else added but the Eco Complete.
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I bought some bulbs from aquariumplants.com and they went nuts in my 10g with Guppies, Neons, Swordtails and 30lbs of Eco Complete substrate. I buried the bulbs halfway leaving the tops exposed.

76 degrees F, 20 fish total, Penguin HOB, Ph 7.5 no ferts, nothing else added but the Eco Complete.
Chances are their bulbs are much fresher than Wal mart or Petco.
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I bought a package from Wal-Mart and ended up with 2 plants of the 6 or 7 bulbs. One has been growing very well and I've been able to seperate one daughter plant with two more that I'll clip off soon. It's not a complete loss if I can continue propagating the one plant I'll be happy even thought a high percentage of the bulbs were duds. I read somewhere that the best way to grow the bulbs is to wrap the bulb in a moist paper towel then put it in a plastic bag for 48 hours in a warm place (like on top of the aquarium hood) then drop the bulb into the tank, the one bulb I tried that with was one of the two that sprouted, I'm not sure if it's a fail proof method or not, but it may have helped. I may buy another package in the next couple weeks and see what I can get by wrapping all the bulbs in a moist paper towel first.


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Don't bury the bulbs, and definitely not sprout down!

Bulbs should never be fully "planted," no more than 1/4 of the bottom (usually the thicker end) of a bulb should be inserted into the substrate. The leaves (sprouts) need to face up towards the light.

The method kornplake just suggested is the best way to trigger a dormant bulb to grow- it mimics the warming in springtime.





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Thank you for all of the helpful replies. I flipped the sprouting bulbs right-side up, again, as soon as I got home. I think I may by another pack of these and try the wet papertowel method, as advised. Hopefully, I'll have more luck that way.
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Hopefully this time you'll have better luck.





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