|Aponogeton aquatic plant with beta fish.|
In 2009 I bought a set of dried aquatic plant rhizomes at a big box pet store and plopped them in my beta bowl. One plant sprouted and lived for over a year alongside my happy beta fish. I loved the look of the real plant (versus those awful plastic substitutes) that I tried growing more from similar plant bulb sets but never duplicated my original success. What was this hardy plant and why could I not grow it again?
Thankfully a F&M reader replied to the original post and indicated that the mystery plant is called Aponogeton. After perusing some aquatic plant boards I put together the following information on this plant:
- "Hardy" aponogeton is often grown from a dried bulb set, with as unsuccessful odds as I experienced (often only 1-2 bulbs from a set will sprout).
- Once the plant is growing it can often live for a year or more, but will go through dormant periods. One contributor suggested a few weeks in cold water may help spur the plant back to life.
- Aponogeton can bloom and set a flower on the surface of the water. I vaguely recall mine putting out an unimpressive flower. If you want to stall the dormancy period of the plant pinch of the flower bud before it blooms!
- Aponogeton will thrive in low light and - based on my experience- can handle still water.
- Aponogeton covers a wide and varied range of aquatic plants, with different foliage and sizes. See a large array of images here.
Have you every grown an aquarium plant from a dried rhizome? Do you have more advice about aponogetons?