Spikerush seeds - some questions
Posted 05 July 2012 - 10:16 PM
While trying to figure out what sort of Eleocharis I have in my aquarium, I researched and found out that the only reasonable way to be sure is to collect some seeds of it and observe them under a microscope. What time of year would be best to do so? I see the brown tips on the "grass" blades all the time at the pond I live next to, but I don't know if/when it's a fruit or a flower or what...
And while pondering (unintentional) this topic I realized - I could grow some spikerush FROM the seeds I collect to identify the species! It sounds fun, but I've never grown an aquatic plant like that from seed before (well, except Bacopa monieri but this wasn't intentional) and I think it would be sweet to have cute little sprouts everywhere. I was also hoping that I could try growing some of the pondweeds this way, especially Sago since that stuff never seems to grow when I can't get all the roots with it (which is quite the task in itself, really frustrating since it's so common). So, how should I go about doing this?
Thanks in advance for any help!
Posted 09 July 2012 - 07:27 PM
IME plants do much better in an outdoor pond than an inside aquarium. So I would try it outdoors - in a kiddie pond if that's all you have.
Posted 10 July 2012 - 08:22 PM
Most collected from a pond near my house, and a few saved from the local Petdumb. Not a high-tech planted tank by any measure but I'd say it's reasonably successful.
EDIT: (Try and see if you can find all of the fossils!)
Edited by Orangespotted, 10 July 2012 - 08:39 PM.
Posted 12 July 2012 - 07:30 PM
Native. Range: http://plants.usda.g...ile?symbol=BAMO
Haha, I was actually looking at that very page before to see if it was native or not, the reason why I was unsure is because I frequently see the plant referred to as an Asian herb. But considering the native status, it could have a distribution that ranges more than one continent as well.
By the way, I am still curious if anyone has some answers or suggestions to my questions in the original post, so please reply if you do!
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