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Growing pogostemon helferi emersed :: inputs please

Discussion in 'Aquatic Plant Species' started by tirtha1979, May 28, 2011.

  1. tirtha1979

    tirtha1979 Prolific Poster

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    After a long hunt and waiting of couple of years, finally I received 2 healthy stems of P. Helferi today. They have grown submerged. But I don't have any tank running at this moment so put them into my immersed setup.

    That tank running with diffused Sunlight from window and I am using used Aquasoil as substrate. In the same setup I have staurogyne Tropica growing good. I am misting the plants once everynight and the tank is covered with clear sheet.

    At any cost I don't want to loose these helferies. Please let me know if I need to take any extra caution or any special care to grow them emeresed.
     
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    Terrariums are basic things. Most plants will adapt, they have a lot of this plant at AFA in SF growing this way.
     
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    Thanks Tom. Keeping my fingers crossed. Will keep you posted how it's going.
     
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    You can use misters and then less and less to transition the plants.

    Most will melt and then resprout from the stumps and then be easy to grow.
     
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    I have a bunch of them in a DS tank, they went from submersed to terrarium in one step 28 days ago, no issues so far, new leaves are a bit different in the emersed form, though.

    Hey Tom, do you think it will be a good idea to prune them back to the old submersed leaves before flooding the tank?

    Cheers,

    Juan
     
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    As of now I am misting once or twice every day and the tank is covered. Slowly I will stop misting when they will start to show the immersed growth but will keep the cover remain on top. I think it will be taking a long time to acclimatize to a fully natural weather.

    Thats a mental boost for me for sure. Will wait to see the first growth. :)
     
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    Not sure, I'd keep some emergent plants in case they all melt.

    I've never done a DSM with dowoni.
     
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    Thanks, I'll try to replant the tops on a plastic container or something before flooding the tank
     
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