Lace Plants of Jon Wilson <fwd>
> From: "Wilson, Jon, INET ----" <jwilson at b856s3_ssc.af.mil>
> Date: Tue, 30 May 95 11:52:00 PDT
> Subject: RE:pH test & Organic substrates:
> > From: Stephen.Pushak at hcsd_hac.com (Stephen Pushak)
> > Jon Wilson sez he raises lace plants using only goldfish poop
> > I don't think he's on this mailing list 'cause he responded to a post
> > on the newsgroup.
> I provided some additional info to Stephen, I assume he will post
> it. (Since he posted info from the last reply)
> Jon Wilson (who is obviously here :-)
Well, I like to get permission before posting people's stuff
so I'll consider that as such. Here are Jon's messages:
This is not going to be much help, but...
>1) how the seeds mature and how long
My lace plants send up seed stalks a couple times a year. I usually cut them
off before they mature. It has been my experience that this improves their
chances of living another year.
>2) how to collect same
>3) techniques for germination
It happens by itself
>4) techniques for transplanting
same as everything else
>5) substrates for seedlings
>6) substrates for mature bulbs which you wish to fatten up for the
My mature plants have created seedlings that are growing in the same
substrate. Black Beauty Sand.
>7) techniques for hibernation (if used)
>CO2 injection, soft water, multiple dedicated aquariums, fairly high
>organic substrate w. laterite for mature bulbs & plants, probably no
>fish, either UG heating or reverse UG filtration, relatively high light
>intensities, regular water changes and good filtration.
deviations from assumptions:
1 tank (220 gal)
very destructive goldfish (yes, they eat the lace plants, but new leaves
come out every week. ("carp" fertilization :-)
wet/drys, no heating
worse yet: pH 7.65
** and the next:
spush at hcsd_hac.com
> Glad to see I've finally found some fellow lace plant growers.
> How many years have you been able to keep them going?
> Are your bulbs quite large?
> Do you know what variety you have? (leaf shape, width, holes in the
> leaves, some, all, none, leaf color)
The leaves are elliptical and grow to about 20" in length, 3" in width with
~ 1/8-1/4" holes, there seem to be two varieties, one is a deep green, the
other is a bright green.
> Do you gravel wash?
> Use UG filter or heater?
> I assume Black Beauty sand is black quartz sand?
Yes, it is also slightly magnetic.
> Have you been able to get siblings off the parents vegetatively?
> I suspect maybe that is how your seedlings start? (no seeds)
I assume so, they just appear every now and then, some survive,
others become fish food.
> How old is your tank? Did it have clean sand at first?
tank is ~6 years, sand is ~3 years
> How much light?
two 72" 160w actinic suns
> You don't use CO2? no wonder your pH is high. I've just started this
> year and the difference is phenomenal esp. algae control.
Yes, I use CO2. (Sandpoint w/controller)
> Course you're not supplementing fertilizer right? ("carp fert.")
Occasional doses of "Florish" and a pond fertilizer whose name
escapes me when growth slows.