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A new plant

PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 12:34 pm
by Photoman
Hi I bought a H. Exotica Purple Waffle plant. I was told that it is a terrarium plant that can live submerged in water. It will grow out the top of the tank. It wasn't that expensive so I bought it. Anyone have any experience with this plant? My wife wants a cutting for a house plant. i will use some iron in the water. Also, I didn't plant it in the tank yet. I want to wait till I do a water change. That way when I disturb the substraight I will have fresh water in the tank. thanks :D :whistle:

Re: A new plant

PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:32 am
by Crazygar
I would not use this in an Aquarium setting. The leaves need to be exposed to air, or it will slowly rot under water. Use it for a houseplant and keep it moist and it'll do fine.

Gary

Re: A new plant

PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:14 am
by Diana
Ditto:
Not an aquarium plant. It will simply rot slowly. You could grow it out of the top of the tank, roots submerged, leaves and stems out of the water.
Grows well as a house plant in moisture retentive soil.
I am growing it in soil pockets among the rocks surrounding my pond in a greenhouse. It is the first to wilt, signifying it is time to water all the nearby plants.

Re: A new plant

PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 6:18 pm
by C. Andrew Nelson
I can't begin to tell you how many times I bought this plant for my aquariums as a teen in the '70s duped into thinking it was a true aquatic plant. I figured I was simply bad at keeping plants.

Re: A new plant

PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2017 12:29 pm
by Photoman
Thanks for all your wisdom. I will give a plant to my wife to keep in soil and the rest I will let the roots hang in the water and the leaves out. It is such a cool looking plant. But I think it will be neat to watch it grow out of the water. Any special fertilizers for this plant? I use iron in the water for my other red leaf plants. Any requirements for have them as a house plant. Will soil be good for it? Thanks so much.

Re: A new plant

PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 5:28 pm
by Crazygar
All you need to know here

Gary