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post #1 of 3 Old 01-25-2014, 01:44 PM Thread Starter
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Utricularia (bladderwort) flowering ?

Utricularia (bladderwort)

how does one get this to flower ?

i've heard people report this, one it infects their tanks, is a nightmare to get rid of.

looking online, they've always got these very impressive flowers, (and several dozen species).

how does one get this to flower ?, does it ?
when i had it in the past it just grew more dense in the little aquatic container i had it in. i've seen pictures of some peoples tanks that are so overgrown it looks like someone threw in some fine green netting into the tank.

yet no flowers, i've never heard any flowers reported.
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post #2 of 3 Old 01-25-2014, 11:57 PM
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Bladderwort is a common name that covers many, many species of plants. Tiny carnivores, amazing things - just not so good for my tank!

I only have had accidental experience with one type (unsure which) - and it took quite a bit of time to untangle each strand from the WaterSprite it was choking to death. . .

It flowered over the summer. I left it outside in a jar with dirt on the bottom and forgot about it. It flowered when the water level was very low, and the plant half emersed. Many tiny white blooms - pinhead small. Completely not impressive!

If I remember correctly from what I read back then, many of the plants in this genus flower above water, so perhaps that's the key to success with yours, as well?

Hope that helps!

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post #3 of 3 Old 01-26-2014, 08:05 AM Thread Starter
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good to know.
from all the pictures i've seen of various types, they all have flowers (yes above water) their 'carnivorous root system looks totaly different from what i've seen & experienced in aquariums.

the part that floats enough to support the flower gets that 6 fingered balloon look to it, ... and a very nice (although small side) yellow flower springs forth, very like the orchid description i red it described as.

but what i've seen come from aquariums is nothing that would support such a thing.

if i ever get it again i'll keep that in mind, let it dry out (separate container), ... i'm sure the flagfish in my tank found whatever scraps survived and had lunch with it.
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