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post #1 of 13 Old 09-04-2010, 10:55 PM Thread Starter
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Plants Vs. Bulbs?

I had to run to Walmart today just to see what they had in the way of fish supplies. I had heard people talking about fish supplies they had gotten at Walmart and the money they saved. Well, just as I thought, my Walmart has very very few supplies. As far as tanks go, they only sell the 10 gallon tanks. The one thing that did see of interest to me, was plant bulbs. There were a couple different kinds. They cost about $3.95 a pack. One kind had 2 bulbs, and another had 4 bulbs, same price. One of the plants was a Lily of some kind, not sure which variety.

Anyone have any experience with them? Do they actually grow a plant? It said just toss in tank and they grow, as they grow you can plant them in the substrate. Does that actually work? Any experiences, I would love to hear about. I thought about trying them just because they were plants they don't have in this area, and secondly, I was curious about them.
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post #2 of 13 Old 09-05-2010, 01:00 AM
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I bought them once (labled as Tiger Lotus) from the Petco fish dept. and after being in the tank for a few days doing nothing and I took them out. They smelled awful, like rotting debris. I returned them and got my money back. I have purchased bulbs from aquariumplants.com (Red and also Green Tiger Lotus) and they did great.
That's what I would recommend doing if you want a bulb. Theirs are "fresh", no telling how long those others have been sitting on the shelf.

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I bought some Walmart bulbs once and they didn't sprout at all.A co-worker said he got some and they grew like crazy.I guess its just luck of the draw.

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I got my dwarf lily from sweet aquatics. I looked at it to find a sprout. There was a very small one so I buried then whole bulb with the sprout facing up.. Today will be one week since I planted it and it has grown a little over an inch and sent out more sprouts. I agree with aunt kymmie, I bet you just got old bulbs.
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post #5 of 13 Old 09-06-2010, 10:34 AM Thread Starter
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The reason I am tempted to try them is because it is a variety of plant that I have not been able to find around here. I might try it one time. As much as I avoid going to Walmart, it might be awhile before that happens though. lol

How many varieties of plants are bulbs?
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awhile back i tried this and had them grow, dont remember the type of plant it was though.
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post #7 of 13 Old 09-06-2010, 08:09 PM
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Off the top of my head I know that Water Lilly, Onion, Barclaya & Aponogeton come in bulb form.

Also, if any of them float when you first put them in water it means that they are most likely "duds. Floaters, 99% of the time, will not sprout. The ones I bought didn't float but I didn't know at the time that this meant they were "duds". I've also read that you can start them out in a shallow dish of water in a window sill untill they start sprouting (takes about 1-2 weeks) before planting them in the tank root side down.

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Off the top of my head I know that Water Lilly, Onion, Barclaya & Aponogeton come in bulb form.

Also, if any of them float when you first put them in water it means that they are most likely "duds. Floaters, 99% of the time, will not sprout. The ones I bought didn't float but I didn't know at the time that this meant they were "duds". I've also read that you can start them out in a shallow dish of water in a window sill untill they start sprouting (takes about 1-2 weeks) before planting them in the tank root side down.

That is good to know. I might give them a try.
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That is good to know. I might give them a try.
Why not? If you get them home and they float just take them right back and get a refund!

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post #10 of 13 Old 09-06-2010, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
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Exactly! Now tell me what you know of food. :) In your opinion, is freeze dried food any good at all? chat?
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