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Re: [APD] Aquatic-Plants Digest, Vol 79, Issue 7
>In a message dated 9/29/2010 12:06:33 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
aquatic-plants-request at actwin_com >writes:
>Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2010 23:30:42 -0400
>From: "Robert T. Ricketts" <rtricketts at verizon_net>
>Subject: Re: [APD] Nymphoides question
>To: "APD" <aquatic-plants at actwin_com>
>I have grown the standard hobby banana plant indoors under lights
>without any significant issues under 2 ea. 40W NO broad spectrum tubes 12
>hours per 24 with sufficient floating pads to cover fully a 40-long tank,
>with adventitious pups forming in the axils where the petiole joins the
>Those adventitious plans will float free as the pad ages and
>or it can be snipped off after some roots show below the aging pad, and
>pad pinned to a pot or tray propped up at the water surface. The pot can
>lowered as the plant develops until it rests on the bottom of the tank.
>Only some will start planted directly in the tank substrate for me - most
>not. The potting method is sure-fire for me. If substrate planted
>directly, I have to raise the water level slowly to get the plant foliage
>the surface, and only rarely get mature flowers from the mother plant, but
>the undersides of the floating pads are gorgeous - I have used these in
>top tier of my tank room racks just for looks. Outdoors in sun you get
>of mature flowers, and pups on mature pads, even in sunken tubs in the
>ground with water lily potting medium (enriched clay).
>Either enriched substrate or an oldish and mulm-loaded one is needed in
>tanks for me. Really easy, and Anabantids love to breed under the pads.
>would suspect porthole catfish would respond well to these pad as
>spawning sites also.
>The only other one I have grown outdoors is the snowflake-flowered one.
>That is grown in smallish pots in water lily substrate in lily pools. I
>have also done that one in sunken tubs with the same handling as the
>standard banana plant.
The couple of times I tried growing Banana Plants they grew fine but the
bananas fell off.
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