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[APD] RE: Echinodorus angustifolia not growing vertically

>The original mother plants are not getting any taller than there original size.  The emersed growth has generally been replaced by new submersed growth, yet they are >still only a couple of inches high.  I thought E. angustifolia got as tall as vals, in fact, the pics in Kasselman's book show nice tall specimens.
>Looking forward to hearing if anyone else is growing E. angustifolia, as well as what kind of growth your getting.  In my case, I'll be transplanting it to be a >foreground cover plant soon if I don't start seeing some growth towards the water line.

Haven't had experience with this plant, but I find with lots of plants that they grow out sideways (or runners) first before going vertically. I guess to smother and kill off any would be competitors first, no reason to grow vertically if there is plenty of light.  My lilies are always submersed until they get shaded (they shade themselves) and then they put out the super long leaves and Hygrophila difformis (a stem plant) will bend 90 degrees and grow horizontally (with tap roots) until all the available light is taken before growing vertically.  So you might find once your plant reaches a certain concentration it will then grow vertically, or plant it hemmed in by other plants.

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