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    Echinoderus in bloom

    Hi,

    Just wanted to share with you one of those rewarding first times everybody experiment with their aquariums. My Echinoderus sp. (I also take the opportunity for you to identify it up to species) has bloomed. Please see the pictures below:

    1. First steps. F->Flowering stem. L->Floating leaf in development.
    2. Floating leaf completely developed. These have red freckles and are larger than the regular vegetative leaves.
    3. Flowering stem completely grown. First flowers opened (only lasted one day). A curious thing happened: the flowering stem has 4 verticilles and buds begun to open on the second one from the bottom (?!)
    4. Flower, detail. Trigonal simetry: 3 sepals, 3 petals, 18 stamens. Isn't it beautiful?


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    By the way, I also wanted to thank Tom and the Plant Guru Team for this web site and for their hard work. You make our tanks better guys!!

    Regards,
    Will

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    Very nice! Yes, blooms are great. I am always excited when any aponogeton blooms for me...I had hygrophila grow emersed years ago and they produced the prettiest blue flowers...

    Keep up the good work.
    Thanks,

    Gerry.

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    Smile Echinodorus Osiris... I Think...

    Hi,


    Nice plant!



    I am troubled by the bright green of the first picture, but based on the second picture and the flower it is probably Echinodorus Osiris, though I gather some authorities regard it as Echinodorus uruguayensis, I assume they mean a variant.



    This plant commonly known as a Melon Sword, a nice low-medium light plant, tending to be brighter green as it matures. E. Osiris likes rich substrates; if you are able, growth can be encouraged by letting half the plant out of water for a few months a year. It is a true bog plant.



    Biollante

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerryd View Post
    I had hygrophila grow emersed years ago and they produced the prettiest blue flowers...
    Any hint to do that? I suppose it has to be in not very well drained soil and loads of water...
    Will

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biollante View Post
    I am troubled by the bright green of the first picture, but based on the second picture and the flower it is probably Echinodorus Osiris, though I gather some authorities regard it as Echinodorus uruguayensis, I assume they mean a variant.
    You have my word that I haven't been putting in practice any Tom Barr's Photoshop-colour-forgery-examples... The plant has that colour for real. It contrasts nicely with the new leaves with red marks...
    Last edited by guillermops; 01-23-2012 at 09:03 PM.
    Will

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    Quote Originally Posted by guillermops View Post
    Any hint to do that? I suppose it has to be in not very well drained soil and loads of water...
    Hi, these were submersed specimens where I simply allowed it to grow out of the tank. The stem was quite thick to support it. I have old pics, but nothing digital, sorry.

    Once it started to grow above the surface, the entire stem got stronger/larger. It was a huge plant....
    Thanks,

    Gerry.

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    Smile No Photo Shenanigans!

    Quote Originally Posted by guillermops View Post
    You have my word that I haven't been putting in practice any Tom Barr's Photoshop-colour-forgery-examples... The plant has that colour for real. It contrasts nicely with the new leaves with red marks...
    Hi,



    Not accusing you of any shenanigans with the photo, I just have never seen a Melon sword that green, it is beautiful and I am convinced it is Echinodorus Osiris.



    As with Echinodorus spp., they like iron.


    Though I am wondering with the bright green and flowering if it is healthy, it may need a little out of water experience.


    • Though I think, you should keep its feet wet and they like humidity.



    Biollante
    The first sign we don't know what we are doing is an obsession with numbers. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    Disclaimer: I am not trying to make you mad, it is just what I am, an evil plant monster, 'nuf said.

    • I believe the information I am giving is sound, I am not a veterinarian, professional chemist or particularly bright and certainly not a "Guru.".
    • I assume you are of legal age, competent and it is legal for you to acquire, possess and use any materials or perform any action in your in your jurisdiction.
    • When in doubt "don't."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biollante View Post
    Though I am wondering with the bright green [B]and flowering if it is healthy, it may need a little out of water experience.
    Hi, now I know where you are heading to , silly me. You are suggesting that my plant is probably chlorotic for some reason, namely lack of iron...

    The thing is I bought is from IKEA (yeah, cheap stuff) and it always was that green . I also feed her plenty of EDTA chelated iron. I suppose it must be some varietal colour.

    By the way, I am looking forward to try growing them emerged! I will use scions from the base of the flower buds (they appear to be growing leaves now!!) I'll let you know when done

    Thanks,
    Will

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    Smile Pigs They Are

    Hi,


    Yes, keep us posted. I think that is a gorgeous plant.


    Do not underestimate how much of a nutrient hog these can be.


    Biollante
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    • I assume you are of legal age, competent and it is legal for you to acquire, possess and use any materials or perform any action in your in your jurisdiction.
    • When in doubt "don't."

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