Lego's Emersed Growth Experiments

By: legomaniac89
December 25th, 2010
6:09 pm

Lego's Emersed Growth Experiments

So last summer, I grew a few aquatic plants outdoors in full sun and they did excellent. Now I have the itch to try more species for next year, and I'll try to document my progress here. I am currently acclimating the plants I have to emersed life and I'll eventually harden them off of high humidity so I can move them outside when the weather warms up again.

Current species list:
-Gratiola aurea
-Gratiola brevifolia
-Ludwigia peploides
-Ludwigia senegalensis
-Staurogyne repens
-Staurogyne sp. "Bihar"




I have quite a few more species pending, but I'm waiting until after the holidays to have them shipped to me, this way they don't get held up any longer than they should be.

If you have any uncommon or rare species you'd like to share with me, let me know.

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49 comments on "Lego's Emersed Growth Experiments"

  • Cavan Allen
    December 29, 2010 at 12:18 am

    Nice start. I think having things orderly is the way to go. I may have another Gratiola for you in a while.

  • legomaniac89
    December 29, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Thanks Cavan!

    I got a big shipment of new species in today and got them all planted earlier.

    -Alternanthera reineckii "Rosaefolia"
    -Cardamine lyrata
    -Eleocharis "Belem"
    -Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides
    -Hygrophila corymbosa "Angustifolia"
    -Limnophila "Guinea Broad Leaf"
    -Ludwigia inclinata var. verticillata "Cuba"
    -Pogostemon erectum
    -Polygonum praetermissum "Ruby"
    -Rotala macrandra "Butterfly"
    -Rotala macrandra "Green"
    -Sphaerocaryum malaccense
    -Staurogyne "Porto Velho"
    -Syngonanthus "Belem"
    -Syngonanthus "Manaus"
    -Tonina fluviatilis "Lotus Blossom"


    I may or may not keep all these. Plants without a true species ID and species that are relatively rare in the hobby are going to be my main focus in this project.

  • JustLikeAPill
    December 31, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    I'll be interested to know how the Syngonanthus and Tonina turn out!

    PS: Let me know when you want to sell some Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides

  • The Fish Junky
    January 9, 2011 at 2:05 am

    What was it that you kept originally last year and did well?

  • legomaniac89
    January 9, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Originally Posted by JustLikeAPill
    I'll be interested to know how the Syngonanthus and Tonina turn out!

    PS: Let me know when you want to sell some Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides
    Me too! I don't think I've ever personally seen either of those 2 grown fully emersed before, so I'm excited to see how they turn out. If the Hydrocotyle is anything like the others I've grown, I'll have an overabundance of it in a couple months

    Originally Posted by The Fish Junky
    What was it that you kept originally last year and did well?
    I had Bacopa madagascariensis, Eleocharis "Belem" and Hydrocotyle verticillata last year. The Bacopa specifically impressed me and flowered constantly. Here's a quick shot of it last year.

  • Luwen
    January 11, 2011 at 6:43 am

    May i ask you a question, what type of soil did you used in your emersed culture setup thanks...

  • legomaniac89
    January 11, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Regular old Fertilome Potting Soil

  • Luwen
    January 15, 2011 at 8:57 am

    thanks sir.

  • ghostmonk
    February 1, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Nice start Lego. I have been growing a few of these emerged for a few months now. The rotala, ludwigia and staorogynes should not be any issue.

  • legomaniac89
    February 1, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Thanks! I've grown a number of these emersed before, I just never really got serious about it till now. Everything's acclimated well to emersed life, with the exception of one or two. Here's the full list as it stands now:

    -Aciotis sp.
    -Acmella americana
    -Alternanthera reineckii "Rosaefolia"
    -Cardamine lyrata
    -Eleocharis "Belem"
    -Eriocaulaceae "Type II"
    -Gratiola aurea
    -Gratiola brevifolia
    -Hemianthus micranthemoides
    -Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides
    -Hygrophila "Araguaia"
    -Hygrophila corymbosa "Angustifolia"
    -Hyptis lorentziana
    -Limnophila "Guinea Broad Leaf"
    -Limnophila repens "Mini"
    -Limnophila "Wavy"
    -Ludwigia inclinata var. verticillata "Cuba"
    -Ludwigia peploides
    -Ludwigia senegalensis
    -Ludwigia xlacustris
    -Murdannia sp. "Red"
    -Pogostemon erectum
    -Polygonum praetermissum "Ruby"
    -Polygonum "Kawaegoneum"
    -Polygonum "Sao Paulo"
    -Rotala hippuris
    -Rotala indica
    -Rotala "Gai Lai"
    -Rotala macrandra "Butterfly"
    -Rotala macrandra "Green"
    -Rotala macrandra "Japan Red"
    -Sphaerocaryum malaccense
    -Staurogyne repens
    -Staurogyne "Porto Velho"
    -Syngonanthus "Belem"
    -Syngonanthus "Manaus"
    -Tonina fluviatilis "Lotus Blossom"

    I have the 20 long as I posted above, plus I set up a 105 liter rubbermaid tub to hold the excess. I have another big tub (120 liters, I think) I'd love to set up for this as well, but I have no room and no extra lighting for any more at the moment.



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