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Old 10-15-2004, 02:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Where do aponogeton bulbs come from?

Curious about this. How does an aponogeton form a bulb? Same as tulips? I see some are propogated by pollination. Does the new seedling develop a bulb over a period of time?
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My walmart apongetons all made plantlets on stems that eventually got a little bulb and grew on their own. Didn't take long for the little bulge of the bulb.
I imagine a real big one might be able to be sliced into smaller pieces, would just have to get the growth "eyes" like on a potato or iris.
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Where do Aponogeton bulbs come from?

Well, when two Aponogetons love each other very much...

It depends. A lot of the commercially distributed Aponogetons are made by tissue culture. In the wild, however, as the seeds grow and take in nutrients, they form a bulb for storage.
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My Aponogeton undulatus 'Dwarf & Variegated' reproduces just like Sue's description: a stiff stem will come up and little nodules will form along it that eventually sprout little leaves; at which point, you sever, plant, and it becomes a brand new plant. The entire cycle occurs under water. No flower, nothing. It's so peculiar. Reminds me of how the Alliums produce bulblets from the tens of florets on its "flower"; but at least the Alliums produce a flower whereas I've never seen an inflorescence from my Aponogeton.
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if i got a flower shoot growing right now, should i leave it alone even after it starts to die off so seeds can be formed then??? the flower shoot is about 5 inches long now. first time my plants had flowers!!! not including my swords
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