Banana plant growing long stem

Discussion in 'Aquarium Plants' started by Shortfuuzze, Aug 5, 2015.

  1. Shortfuuzze

    Shortfuuzze Valued Member Member

    I've had my banana plant for about 2/3 months now and I noticed 2 days ago that it's finally sprouting a long stem to the surface....and wow does it grow quick!!

    It's grown a few inches in just the last 2 days....few more to go and it'll be at the water surface. I assume it won't grow passed the surface?

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  2. chrt396

    chrt396 Well Known Member Member

    I've never had a banana plant go that high! They are supposed to do that..but I think my Severum and Bloody Parrot make sure it does not. I have a 29 gallon with just Barbs of all colors..and this is a plant that I wasn't sure of what it was..but here are some pictures. It was just a bulb with some little white roots and a few little copper leaves. It IS growing without being eaten in the 29 gallon.

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  3. Aquarist

    Aquarist Fishlore Legend Member

  4. Bijou88

    Bijou88 Well Known Member Member

    chrt396 I think it's a dwarf aquarium lily. :)

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  5. Bluestreakfl

    Bluestreakfl Well Known Member Member

    The banana plant will sent shoots to the surface which will then turn into round lily pad like leaves. They also can send up a shoot with a flower from time to time. Its interesting to note how water current effects the length of these shoots, my banana plants are on the ends of my 55g tank, and with the surface current pushing them, ive noticed some of the shoots get 24-30" easily before finally finding a surface in the water that the plant decides is calm enough to open the pad.
     
  6. chrt396

    chrt396 Well Known Member Member

    That is EXACTLY what it looks like when I Googled it!! Thanks!!
     
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    Shortfuuzze

    Shortfuuzze Valued Member Member

    It needs calm surface water to bloom? That is helpful to know....I'll turn down the output of one of my filters! Thanks!

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  8. Bluestreakfl

    Bluestreakfl Well Known Member Member

    No that's not what I meant, just that the surface flow will make the stalks run and grow longer on the surface before opening.


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    Shortfuuzze

    Shortfuuzze Valued Member Member

    Oh alright I understand what you mean now.....it's gotten a bit longer and hasn't bloomed yet....hopefully it will soon

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