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post #11 of 19 Old 01-16-2010, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
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not to hi-jack the thread, but do the bulbs just.... kinda do their thing? do i need to do anything special? I got a tiger lotus bulb in my last order and the bulb hasnt dont anything in almost 2 weeks :( no sprouts.
You're not hijacking as bulbs is what we are talking about! I'd say if its been two weeks and no sprouts you've got a bad bulb. The one I received had the tiniest of little sprouts on it (just two) and in two weeks I had leaves. Where did you buy yours from??

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post #12 of 19 Old 01-16-2010, 09:24 PM
about the bunk bulb, beetlebz, I just read earlier about aponogeton ulvaceous bulbs that if you wrap it in a wet paper towel and put it in a bag, then put it somewhere warm like near a lamp or heater (but be safe!) that it will jumpstart the growth.

Flip side--I also read that if they didn't have enough energy stored in the reserve before their dormancy period, they won't re-bloom.

Thank you for starting this thread because Natalie's reference back to that other article (the fertilizer thread) was SO interesting. I've just started using fertilizer root thingy-ma-bobs for my rooted plants and I'm crossing my fingers. I'll be posting pictures of all my new plants later on : )

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post #13 of 19 Old 01-17-2010, 11:43 AM
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beetlebz there's a few things that can help/ prevent it from growing.
1) Make sure the top of the bulb is indeed placed upwards
2) Often helps to let it stick out of the gravel/ sand a lil bit at its tip rather then fully bury it
3) Inadequate light for plants over the tank? (Since its so far down, if there ain't enough light reaching it can't grow)
4) Water maintenance / usage of ferts.
Now this is only guess work, obviously I donno your tank or whats exactly going on there, so I can only follow process of elimination to help. But I have raised several just fine (see picture early in this thread) so if I can help ya, i'll be glad to do so

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about the bunk bulb, beetlebz, I just read earlier about aponogeton ulvaceous bulbs that if you wrap it in a wet paper towel and put it in a bag, then put it somewhere warm like near a lamp or heater (but be safe!) that it will jumpstart the growth.

Flip side--I also read that if they didn't have enough energy stored in the reserve before their dormancy period, they won't re-bloom.

Thank you for starting this thread because Natalie's reference back to that other article (the fertilizer thread) was SO interesting. I've just started using fertilizer root thingy-ma-bobs for my rooted plants and I'm crossing my fingers. I'll be posting pictures of all my new plants later on : )
I was hoping it would benefit others too. See like me in all these yrs I never used nothing (good source water) and really there's SO MANY products out there, this can quickly become confusing, specially for people new to planed tanks not knowing which plant is root feeding or not and why these special substrates are a wasted $ if you have stem plants etc...

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not to hi-jack the thread, but do the bulbs just.... kinda do their thing? do i need to do anything special? I got a tiger lotus bulb in my last order and the bulb hasnt dont anything in almost 2 weeks :( no sprouts.
Don't panic. Bulbs purchased without leaves can take several weeks before new leaves sprout, and then growth is usually very slow initially. Give it time. As others have subsequently noted, this plant requires room to open, and like light, so if it is in an open space where light from the top directly reaches it (no intervening plants or objects) it will probably be fine in a few weeks.

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post #16 of 19 Old 01-17-2010, 04:32 PM
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woot thanks guys :) at the moment its actually on its side, but im going to go bury it with the little nubbin sticking out facing up, in the most open spot I can find. thanks guys :D

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post #17 of 19 Old 01-21-2010, 09:02 AM
ive noticed if i cut off the stems that grow toward the surface then i get more leaves to grow from the bulb that dont grow to the surface, makes a nice bushier bulb

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post #18 of 19 Old 01-25-2010, 05:09 PM
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woot! got a nice big ole pink sprout from my bulb today finally :D thanks for the advice guys!! and thanks for that pointer Christina. Ive read about cutting it back to keep it from growing too tall, but its nice to hear from someone thats actually done it. I think this bad boy is going to have to go in my new 55 lol

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post #19 of 19 Old 01-25-2010, 05:11 PM
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Hey awesome, congrats!
I always had mine growing wild until they dev several leaf's (like ~10) and then started trimming (as a result you see the picture here on the 1st page lol).

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