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Banana Plant Propagation
I've had a Banana Plant (Nymphoides aquatica) for a little over a year. After about 6 months it absolutely took off in my unheated, intensely lit goldfish tank. I set up a tropical tank and moved it over about 2 months ago. I removed about half the length of the roots as some were over a foot long. After about a month in the tropical tank it had a massive die out of leaves and it dropped half it's roots.
So to avoid losing this plant that I can no longer seem to find in local stores I want to try to propagate it.
Most of the leaves at one point were about 2 inches in diameter on 6 inch stems, but still about 4-5inches from the surface. At it's current growth rate in the tropical tank its going to take 2 years to get the leaves to form lilies...
Does anyone know an alternate way to propagate this dwarf lily?
I have not come across any info on propagating this plant. It is a flowering plant, so presumably would reproduce sexually if one could get it to flower; Kasselmann says many seeds occur from the pollonated flowers.
I will mention what every planted tank authority has written, and that is that this plant does not last long in any aquarium. Most report a year, maybe a bit more, before it either dies completely or becomes very poor.
Perhaps banana plants like colder water?
I've had a healthy banana plant in a betta jar for quite a while.
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