Window Lighting and Echinodorus
Subject: Window Lighting
Earle Hamilton wrote:
> re placing a tank in the window - great except for two problems.
> plants tend to grow toward the light source which means you will
> be looking at the less attractive undersides of leaves.
This tendency can be used to your benefit if you are getting your
tank ready for a Home Show competition. Move some of the lighting
to the front pane of glass for a couple of days prior to the show.
The plants will turn their "best face" toward the judge!
Subject: Hope for Echinodorus!
> My E. ascherschonicus, which has almost died due to
> something not really identifiable (I wrote about it a while
> ago) before it almost did die (now I'm trying to hold it
> emersively and there's hope...) it spaned a couple of
> flower-stems (the ones that young plants grow on), and the
> end-parts of these stems remained in the tank floating on
> the surface. Today while I was changing some water, i wanted
> to throw out a piece of a stem, and... I noticed a small
> plant is trying to emerge fom it (!) and the stem is only
> about an inch long (!!!). Is there a chance I could re-grow
> that ascherschonicus from that little stem?!
I have been successful starting a number of new Echinodorus from
very small babies. I usually leave the stem to float on the
surface until it gains enough size, and develops enough roots to
plant. Then I plant them in a shallow saucer with potting soil,
laterite and a fine gravel covering to hold everything in place.
By the time the plantley ougrows this arrangement, it is large
enough to be treated normally.
Aquatic Gardeners Assoc.