Who Has Experience Propagating Madagascar Lace With Flower Seeds?

Discussion in 'Aquarium Plants' started by bizaliz3, Apr 24, 2018.

  1. bizaliz3

    bizaliz3Fishlore LegendMember

    I've done a bunch of googling, so I don't need anyone to google it for me and tell me what they read. I would like to hear from someone who has actually successfully used the seeds from a flower from their Madagascar lace to make more lace plants. Or at least know more than what you can find with some google searches. I have read about propagating by separating the bulb. But I have this nice big flower that mine produced and I would like to use it to make more lace plants. Even if it takes years (as some links have suggested), I just want to know the best way to do it. I am not finding any solid answers.

    I am just surprised it is doing so well in a warm tank with high lighting. Everything I read says they like lower lighting and cooler water. But this plant is huge and the runner is like 3-4 feet long! And it started in my tank as just a bulb.

    Anyway, I'd love to hear what method people have used for propagating a Madagascar lace using it's flower. Thanks!!
     
  2. DutchAquarium

    DutchAquariumWell Known MemberMember

    I've never propogated the madagascan lace, but i've done a different aponogeton. Best thing i've found is to let them drop, and float until they grow. Don't touch them. I've tried doing it that way also and i didn't have as high of a survival rate.
     
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    bizaliz3

    bizaliz3Fishlore LegendMember

    thanks for the input @DutchAquarium
    I did read that the seeds from the flower should fall off and eventually find their way into the substrate. But then I read that it can take years for them to turn into plants. crazy!
    I saw someone in a thread on a plant forum talking about putting the seeds into a bowl or something? there weren't really any details though. Id like to try that especially if it takes a very very long time for them to develop. Who knows if the tank it is in will still be up and running in a couple years! I have a lot of tanks and I may downsize at some point (haha ya right) So keeping them in a bowl to develop would be nice. But what exactly would that entail? you know?
     
  4. DutchAquarium

    DutchAquariumWell Known MemberMember

    I think where i went wrong with putting the seeds into a bowel was that i didn't have any heat. Maybe putting the seeds into a small bowel with gravel, kept humid, and then putting it on one of those plant mat heaters would give you better success.
     
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    bizaliz3

    bizaliz3Fishlore LegendMember

    So you have heard of the bowl method too then?
    I have little tiny "tanks" that I could use. Like 1.5g. And a external heater. I could totally try that.....If its going to take years though....I'm not sure if it's worth it. Its not like they are that expensive if I want more. lol
     
  6. DutchAquarium

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    I would use simply a tupperware container. I had another situation once where the green pods dropped into the water and then developed roots rather quick
     
  7. DutchAquarium

    DutchAquariumWell Known MemberMember

    I found a picture of what you might end up seeing. the green pods grow on the flower and then drop off. these pods then form roots in about a week. I can't post the picture in the forum because i don't own it so...heres a link. aponogeton seeds - Google Search:
     
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    bizaliz3

    bizaliz3Fishlore LegendMember

    The little tiny betta tanks I have (that are inappropriate for bettas) are just sitting collecting dust. So I might as well use them :)

    Thanks for the link. I'll check it out.
     
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    bizaliz3

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