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Thread: U. Nelumbifolia flowers start out like....?

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    I really wish I had the ability to actually grow this species... mine are pretty much in stasis. :L

    When my plant sent up runners, they looked somewhat thinner than normal leaves, and certainly not as thick as the ones in your photo.
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    I don't find Nelumbifolia to be as picky as some other species but what is your medium like? I don't have mine in live sphag but I know that is what they're happiest in, if you cant provide that then as aerated a mixture as possible. Another thing is most people might tell you not to sit these guys in water, I'm not sure how accurate that is towards nelumbifolia, I had mine in a tray of water for a few months and it did just fine (some other species will hate that) so if you have it sitting in water maybe take it out of there?

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    That's what stumps me too, I have it in live sphagnum aerated with perlite, kept wet but not sitting in water.
    I tried keeping it drier earlier, but it grew really slowly. Oddly enough it took off like a rocket for the two weeks I went back home in San Diego, and then stopped again once I got back here in Nashville.

    In any case, I moved a small chunk into a tall jar with an inch of water at the bottom, but not reaching up to the live sphag the utric is in. Hopefully it'll do better in there.
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    I found it did not like super bright light. In those conditions it made leaves under the substrate. Below the live sphagnum

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    Hmmm makes me curious too.. what kind of lighting do you have them in? (Woohoo for San Diego )
    EDIT: yea like kulamauiman said, my next guess was going to be maybe you have it in too much light
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    Hm, that could be one reason. I have it a few inches from some 2800 lumen CFLs in a west facing window. I think it's more than a lighting issue though, as underground the plant didn't grow very much either.
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    Maybe give it a try without the light and just the window and see what happens, it wont hurt anything

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    That's going to be difficult. My SA Drosera are under the same lights. Perhaps I'll move it to a shadier corner or use foil to block the light.

    By the way, what are your temps?
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