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  • It's that time of the year again ..........

    I missed my Madagascar Lace Plants so much, that I decided against my better judgment to purchase few halfway through August even though they weren't the best or the strongest ( advised by seller, that some might be around 2 inches only ). In total, 8 Narrow leaf MLP for close to $ 1000.00 and not realizing that the Summer is coming soon, the race against the time began. By the end of September, couple of them reached the surface ( standard 48" tank ) and after another 4 weeks at least half of them looked good and strong. Then out of the blue, few hot days and panic ( my fish room gets really hot in the Summer ), that they will go dormant. Daily water changes with cold tap water and then few days later, one morning, while feeding the fish I saw it - tiny flower spike forming in the middle. It took almost a week to reach the surface and then nothing, it sat there and wouldn't open ( had this before and cutting the cover was last option ). Almost gave up, frustrated beyond believe to be so close, yet so far, and then after few more days, a beautiful 3 spike purple flower emerged. Daily pollination and within some 7-9 days , the whole flower turned green and I thought, damn, nothing, because there was no swelling or darkening like I had with many previous flowers. Then today, I've noticed many capsules forming, in fact the whole flower seem to be full of them and each spike is well over 20 cm long. Couldn't resist and took few pictures with my camera, here it is, wish me luck...


  • #2
    That's awesome, to get the plants in August and to get it flowering in December is a great achievement.
    Good luck hope it brings you plenty of seeds for xmas.
    Can you give us some info on your tank, co2, substrate etc.
    Thanks for sharing.

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    • #3
      Great to see Mirek. What a ripper. you certainly have the pollination skills! Are you going to bag it or let them drop into the tank?

      ...and good luck in the heat!!!!

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      • #4
        Fantastic Mirek. How have you been.
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        • #5
          Well done Mirek. I am about to do the same thing. A 5-spike flower
          Aponogeton madagascariensis Narrow Leaf IMG_2525.jpg
          8x2x3, 8x2x2.5 6x2x2 5x2x2, Echinodorus, Eriocaulons. Native aquatic plant species.

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          • #6
            nsee - my conditions are pretty basic, DIY CO2 for years now, 2 T8 tubes and DIY substrate all planted in pots.
            Grubsy - I always cut the whole thing off when it looks like it's ready, tried the bagging and kept braking bits off. On the other hand, letting the pups drop never gave me any decent numbers.
            Zac - trying to get back to it, but it's not easy working 7 days......
            Doc - love your flower, you lucky thing, never had 5 spikes...
            I'm probably going to brake 1 spike off, almost done it today by accident, the whole flower's getting really heavy, there'd be around 100 capsules on each spike. Can't remember how many seeds is per capsule, it's been 8 years since last time when I had more than 50 flowers in quarantine from the first import.
            On top of that, some 20 -30 Apon. Ulvaceous decided to start flowering as well, but there's no time for them now, MLP first.

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            • #7
              Well done mirekA

              You sure have the talent
              Good luck with the seed production

              Graeme
              Read this very helpful thread on BSS .
              No pictures on your BSS advert? Then be prepared for it to be deleted ( read the rules )

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              • #8
                I tried cutting flowers off and floating in a separate water tray but I always have trouble with forgetting to change the water enough and the water quality declines as the head rots and the seeds do not do well. I have had a lot of success using very fine media bags (the sort you put purigen/macropore in) with a cable tie around the stem. I remove the seedlings from the mesh bag when I see roots poking through the mesh. If I get busy with work and forget them for a week or so they seem to still do OK as the mesh breathes.

                I really should set up a small tank with a filter and a bit of substrate for the seedlings and just cut and float the heads - but there never seems to be a small tank empty when the flowers are on. Too many damn shrimp!

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                • #9
                  Oh Mirek! Great work champion as usual! That satisfaction of another successful propagation is not far away now from the looks of it. Love your work too Doc! Those pics are like soft porn to me. LOL. You guys rock!


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                  • #10
                    Very cool. I'm Keen To see how this develops

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by moyiesy View Post
                      Very cool. I'm Keen To see how this develops
                      Me too, the heat wave is here and another "silly" plant decided to flower...., pictures on the weekend.

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                      • #12
                        Quick update, the second flower just reached the surface

                        In the meantime, old enemy showed up, this happens a lot with Aponogetons, I remember having many Longiplumulosus and Capuronii flowers only to lose them to this menace some years back.....

                        The flower is always pushed along the surface and quite often reaches the end of the tank, makes U-turn and comes back - that's where this happens. "Bloodsucking" aphids don't help, they could well be responsible for this as well. Luckily, the mother of all flowers is well and getting bigger every day..

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                        • #13
                          Another update, it's X-mas day and no presents yet, she's taking her time........getting darker, with black tips on top of each capsule, can't be far off now and survived the heat wave. More " soft porn " for Keith.......

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                          • #14
                            Really nice Mirek. Good documentation of the timing of it all. Fingers are crossed for plentiful germination

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                            • #15
                              Finally......noticed a few floating capsules this morning, but was too much in a hurry and had no time to pick them up, so left it for tonight. Here's the first few and the little buggers are already sprouting, couldn't believe my eyes.......There will be heaps more in coming days, this is just the beginning.......

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