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SinCrisis 10-26-2010 08:47 AM

Bog plants
 
Quick question about bog plants, I know if they grow submerged, they will die, but if only half the plant is under water, will it survive? I want to keep mondo grass but I want the majority of it to be underwater, at least half, and only have the tops stick out of the water. Will this plant survive? And does this apply to all bog plants?

redchigh 10-26-2010 09:53 AM

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Originally Posted by SinCrisis (Post 500281)
Quick question about bog plants, I know if they grow submerged, they will die, but if only half the plant is under water, will it survive? I want to keep mondo grass but I want the majority of it to be underwater, at least half, and only have the tops stick out of the water. Will this plant survive? And does this apply to all bog plants?

To be honest, it depends on the plant.
Most only do well if the roots are underwater with the leaves dry...

SinCrisis 10-26-2010 12:13 PM

How much of the leaves need to be dry? Can only the tops be dry? I want at least 2-3 inches of the plant underwater at all times..

Byron 10-26-2010 08:40 PM

Mondo grass is not a bog plant. Most "aquarium" plants are true bog or marsh plants in nature and they grow fine submersed or emersed; the Echinodorus (swords), crypts, and many others.

Mondo grass, also sometimes commonly called Fountain Plant due to the fan shape of growth, is a terrestrial plant. Ophiopogon japonicus is the scientific name. However, this is one terrestrial plant that often lasts a long time submersed. Although I have never done so, growing it with the upper half of the leaves out of water should presumably work, since it is naturally a terrestrial plant. I can't say if having the lower part of the leaves submersed will affect the plant somehow.

Byron.

redchigh 10-27-2010 01:18 PM

To be safe, have as little of the plant underwater as possible.

I've been thinking about something similiar with a peace lily, so keep us updated.

SinCrisis 10-27-2010 08:08 PM

Well i want at least an inch and a half cuz its for a betta and i want him to be able to swim in and around it...


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