Aquatic Utricularia Discussion Thread
If there is any interest, I thought it would be nice to start a thread for discussing aquatic Utricularia, where we can share our setups, pictures of our plants, etc. I will freely admit that this idea came from RL7836's Orchidioides thread, but there shouldn't be much overlap with that thread, so I hope it is fine. Of course, if you are growing a normally terrestrial species aquatically, it would be great if you posted about that here.
It seems to me that this group of CPs is somewhat underappreciated, even though the usual argument against Utricularia that you can't see their traps is not true for aquatics. Granted, their flowers can't really compare to those of the terrestrials, but at least for the suspended aquatics, you are able to see the plants in their entirety. I mean, for how many carnivorous plants are you able to do that? Also, there doesn't seem to be much information on the web about growing affixed aquatics such Utricularia minor or intermedia, so it would be nice if people growing those could contribute here.
I'll start the thread by adding a few links.
Plants in Situ:
Utricularia poconensis in Brazil
Utricularia warmingii in Brazil
Utricularia reflexa in Zambia
Utricularia volubilis in Australia
Utricularia dichotoma in Australia
Utricularia benjaminiana in French Guyana
Utricularia myriocista in French Guyana
Utricularia viscosa in French Guyana
Utricularia cymbantha in Swaziland
Utricularia gibba and punctata in Thailand
Flytrapcare thread with growing info
Chris Fieger on cultivation
Barry Rice's FAQ on suspended and affixed species
RSS's Utricularia graminifolia setup
NatchGreyes on growing aquatic Utricularia and Aldrovanda
Last edited by Tanukimo; 05-15-2014 at 10:41 PM.
Reason: added info
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Thanks for the contributions! RSS, I've added your UG setup to the cultivation section in the first post. I've recently started growing it myself, and surprisingly it hasn't been as picky as I was told it was.
Mine is pretty much the same as Jim's. You can read about it here and here.
Basically, I threw a few handfuls of sphagnum in an aquarium, filled it with water, put in a few aquatic plants (and a small scoop of pond water for the Daphina and other "food"), threw in U. gibba, and have been fortunate to have had other growers send some more aquatics my way. Since I'm in a small apartment in chilly New Hampshire, I can't use a large aquarium or tub that I would place outside, so I use artificial light.
Now that it has warmed up, I'm planning on refreshing the pond water/prey.
I don't grow any terrestrials as aquatics, like RSS, even though I have a few that I could. It's just too much of a hassle to set-up something that would definitely work. (All the aquatics I grow are easy species).
Thanks for the contribution NatchGreyes. I've added your links to the first post. I definitely plan to try growing some terrestrials as aquatics when I go home next week.
cool tub Tanukimo! I really like your photos, thanks for sharing such awesomeness xD
Thanks Salgadoxx8! I hope the Utricularia have more room to spread out in there, and I'll post the updates here.
Originally Posted by Salgadoxx8