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Thread: How to plant and grow a u. gibba

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    Wesley,
    U. gibba is a subaffixed Utricularia. Here's a link to Barry Rice's web page on subaffixed Utricularia: Subaffixed Utricularia. Seems to me Pyro or somebody also posted similar info a while back.
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    If you are going to check out Barry Rice's website, this paper, which was originally published in the Carnivorous Plant Newsletter (1994) is also worth a read Focusing on U. gibba - the 'U' stands for ubiquitous!

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    U.gibba usually only flowers if:
    -it is left undisturbed
    -it is growing in some sort of base
    -the water level drops dramaticaly


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    Thanks for the links- guess there is much more to the U gibba than I thought [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
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    Hi,

    My U. gibba flowered for me last winter (a first among my aquatic Utrics.&#33[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] Judging from my experience, only the first condition in Colieo's list appeared necessary. There were other conditons not mentioned in his list though that I believe make a difference. (ie. temperature)

    For a brief description of how I kept it and what factors I believe are important check out the aquatic section on this site:

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    Not that I disagree with the "Subaffixed Utricularia" method either. It's just that I have found it very difficult to maintain for any length of time. For a start, the water evaporates too quickly! :-)

    Also, as I understand things, no species of Utric. produces roots, though I've noticed the terrestrial ones produce root-like structures at the bases of their flowers. Utrics. can reproduce by seed, or by division. Virtually any part of the plant can produce a new plant on it's own. That includes bladders that have become seperated from the main plant. I think only the flower itself cannot produce a new plant through division.

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    So chris, how much water was your plant in? & what temp?


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    I was growing that batch in a mayo jar, and the water level reached about 6" or so. The U. gibba in the jar had formed a compressed mass about 1" in depth, at the surface. I didn't measure the actual temperature (tsk-tsk&#33[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] but it had to be minimum 25 deg. C. I think it was actually a little higher than that. (One gets to be a relatively decent temperature gauger after many years of keeping fish:-) The photoperiod averaged 16 or so hours, and the lighting was very bright.

    I wasn't trying to get the plants to flower, so I was kind of stunned when it happened. It kept doing it for a couple of months or so, until I foolishly diddled with the setup, and lost the ideal conditions that seemed to prevail at the time.

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