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    U. graminifolia suspended

    A year or 2 ago, I remember seeing elgecko's approach to growing utrics suspended over a pool of water. Since then, I'd always wanted to give it a try. When I saw RSS's great efforts with U. graminifolia over here, I figured the time had come. When I got some a few months ago, I stuck a chunk in a small pot & placed it on top of a jar filled with water - similar to what French3z did over here. I covered the jar with a sleeve to avoid algae issues (based on elgecko's recommendations). I had set up several pots in different conditions & this one always seemed to have the worst growth - very sparse & small leaves.



    Finally, one day I decided to slide the sleeve down & see if there was any growth below the surface ...

    So that's where the energy was going. Even though virtually no light gets to the water pool, the plant still makes quite a few 'leaves' (photosynthetically-modified / adapted stolons)(is that right?). Several weeks ago, I took a small piece of U. longifolia and placed it in a similar (but larger) setup. One of things I've noticed with it, is that it forms 'leaves' if the stolons come out above the level of the water and regular 'roots' if below the water level. Since I started to notice this, I've attempted to keep the bottle full - but since the sleeve keeps me from seeing the level - I keep forgetting to check...

    Here is an attempt at a close-up view of some of the traps. Between the poor macro facilities on my little point & shoot camera & the distortions from the circular bottle surface - this was as good as I could get. Still - interesting to be able to see the traps this clearly. Anyone have a culture of vinegar eels they want to share so I can try feeding the bladders?
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    Oh, kewl!
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    Terrific bladder shot, none-the-less.
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    I gotta do that next year... set up a styro lid over a plastic storage container, with accommodating holes to suspend the pots.

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    Ron,
    Looking good.
    I may have to grow a few this way again.


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    awsome! I'm trying that now too... bu the plants I have are very small and will probly take a long time to do what urs did, lol. Very nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devon.B View Post
    awsome! I'm trying that now too... bu the plants I have are very small and will probly take a long time to do what urs did, lol. Very nice!
    This was started with a small ~1/2" piece in the center of the pot (very visible in 1st pic) about 3 months ago (maybe less). I suspect that a lot of growth was going on before I ever looked ...
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    I've noticed the same thing with leaves growing inside my pumping lines, not getting pumped in there, growing into the lines and then growing leaves in the dark black tubing. Very odd. I unpotted a U. calycifida this morning because it was just never growing well and wanted to try a different medium and what did I find....a very well grown plant under the medium.......The leaves were perfect, really odd.

    If you provide graminifolia with conditions it likes you will be surprised by its growth rate. Its a sight to see.

    I would recommend water fleas myself.

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