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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:

>Message: 6
>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.

Gerry Skau
All The World's A Stage, But The Play Is Badly  Cast---Oscar Wilde
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