How to plant wisteria?
I am trying to heavily plant my 10 gallon tank and have been looking at different plants. I currently have jungle vallisneria and I really like the look of wisteria. About a week ago I planted some wisteria in my tank (gravel substrate) and after a few days they were severely rotting. Do you have any suggestions on how get them to take root and keep from rotting? I'm using Seachem Flourish Comprehensive Supplement for the Planted Aquarium and Seachem Flourish Tabs.
Some people let the plant float for a couple of weeks until the roots come in and then plant.
Make sure to have it under the light. It does best this way and not shaded. Can you get a pic of it?
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A note about Wisteria is that almost all that you buy from 'big box' stores (in person or online) are the emersed form, which means they have the leaves the plant grows when they are out of the water.
The emersed form has shorter, more round leaves.
The submerged form however has fairly long, thin, and branchy leaves.
Those pictures are both the same plant. After being put under water, the large leaves all curl up and drop off, while those new leaves start to spring out. Everything below the substrate will rot away, and roots will form at the lowest node.
As mentioned, Wisteria likes a bit brighter light, so if you have dim lighting or they're under shade they will not do as well. Sometimes they will continue to grow, but they will be bare stalks except at the very top.
The first photo for some strange reason never wants to show up...
The direct link is: http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q...n/wisteria.jpg
Thank you for the replies.
What the store carries is the submerged form planted in a dirt tank. I didn't get a picture of them but the leaves were falling off and the stems had turned completely brown and squished/disintegrated when I pulled them out.
That sounds like they were rotting then. Hmmm so is this the only plant you are having problems with??
Humm, well it's not planting that's the issue. It grows fine floating, in gravel, or in sand (and obviously dirt).
Are the tanks they come from high light and CO2 injected tanks? Maybe a dramatic shift in environment is shocking them.
And how about your tank, what lights do you have on it?
The tank they were in was high light and I'm guessing with CO2 injections, although I don't know for sure since it was their plant tank and they know what they're doing.
I don't use CO2 and I have a single Aqueon Full Spectrum 15W T8 18" fluorescent bulb in my hood.
Your light is the issue I believe as its not "bright" enough for wisteria (not sure if its even a good plant bulb). I would switch it for a Zoomed Ultra sun Super daylight bulb or Hagen makes a plant bulb too that's good. With one of those you might be able to grow wisteria if they are directly under the light.
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