> Subject: Re: A. madagascariensis
> >> Some even suggested that Crypts and this Aponogeton
> >> had an affinity; increased oxygenation due to the roots of th
> >> neighbour.
> >Although it is possible that increased oxygenation (or
> >circulation) is beneficial to A. mad.,(it certainly seems to be
> >other rooted plants) it seems unlikely that this is a Cryptocor
> >specific phenomenon. They don't even come from the same
> >continent, so this would be a strange adaptation, indeed. ;-)
> I was the one who suggested this, and it has really worked for m
> lace plants never did much of anything for me by themselves, eve
> light, nutrients, and CO2. I had a lace plant growing with cryp
> bloomed, produced viable seeds, and continued to grow for five y
> without any resting period. I did not mean to suggest that onl
> would work. My hypothesis is that the roots of the crypts or an
> plant make conditions better for the lace plant probably by supp
> oxygen to the underwater soil. Small crypts, such as C. nevilli
> companion plants for A. madagascariensis because they do not gro
> enough to compete with the lace plant's leaves for light.
That would lead one to believe that A. mad. might also benefit by
a substrate circulation system of one sort or another.
> I grew this plant in a glass tray with about 0.25 inches of mud
> bottom and 1.5 inches of gravel on top of the mud. The mud was m
> slowly mixing water with topsoil with plenty of stirring until I
> mixture runny enough to pass through a rice strainer.
Were you able to try this system on more than one A. mad. plant?
I'd be interested to hear if others responded as well.
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