Blooming aponogetons


As far as I know, only Aponogeton crispus is self-fertile, so dusting the
flowers probably won't achieve much, but I could be wrong.

With A.crispus, a soft sable paint brush does the trick. I think it is best
to work the pollen upwards, from the older flowers to the younger. The
petals then fall away, and a small fruit develops. These can be placed in a
saucer of water in a greenhouse, or perhaps in a breeding trap in the tank,
and they sprout happily. I get maybe one or two baby plants this way,
perhaps there are more efficient ways?

Good luck,



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