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Sold a bunch of fish to LFS recently, and got a small handful of Red Dwarf Aquarium Lily bulbs to try out. Never worked with these before, but thought they’d be fun to try. Starting out Ok. Some had broken off the bulbs, others are bulbs just starting to sprout. Looking forward to how this develops. Any tips? Do share!

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On 6/17/2021 at 12:09 PM, ARMYVET said:

Im not sure if your supposed to bury the whole bulb on those.  I think it causes them to rot.  I may be wrong but double check!

Yeah, I was told to put them in 1/2 way -- roots will send down, leaves up, and eventually runner-pads to surface.

The ones planted in photos above are actually _not_ bulbs, but entire pad-groups broken off. If they root in the substrate without the bulb, great . . . but maybe they won't, and will just die off. Who knows!

There's one bulb with a root sticking up (near the bottom of the photo group). I've decided to just let it go and see whether it figures out which way is up and which is down 😅

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On 6/17/2021 at 1:07 PM, Fish Folk said:

entire pad-groups broken off

The more I looked at the pic and reread your post @Fish Folk I was thinking those were the ones that you mentioned broke off the bulb.  I had one do that to me but I just laid in on top of the substrate and so far its doing great.

 

On 6/17/2021 at 1:07 PM, Fish Folk said:

There's one bulb with a root sticking up (near the bottom of the photo group). I've decided to just let it go and see whether it figures out which way is up and which is down 

I did the same thing with one of mine because I couldn't tell if it was the root or stalk...LOL so its just hanging out in the corner making its mind up as to what it wants to do.  I have an entire tank planted but that bulb is the only one I go looking at on purpose.  I named it Fred.  ....How ya doing Fred? Nothing today? 🤣

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On 6/20/2021 at 7:51 AM, Pizzafan said:

I’m also really curious how these continue to develop after sprouting - planted this one from petco about a month ago and it grew insanely fast. Planted 2 - one was a dud that didn’t do anything. This pic is from a week ago, it’s already quite a bit bigger

does the bulb eventually shrink or does it stay there?

 

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This is a bulb I planted in April. Bulb is still there but the plant is enormous 

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I have noticed that my lily bulb is now attracting a lot of snails and I had some issues at the beginning that led me to believe it's basically half rotten but it did end up growing a plant.  The plant now has roots in the substrate but it's still connected to the bulb by like a single strand.  Can I safely cut that strand and remove the bulb, because I think it's probably all gross and funky inside?

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On 6/20/2021 at 6:07 PM, Just Renee said:

I have noticed that my lily bulb is now attracting a lot of snails and I had some issues at the beginning that led me to believe it's basically half rotten but it did end up growing a plant.  The plant now has roots in the substrate but it's still connected to the bulb by like a single strand.  Can I safely cut that strand and remove the bulb, because I think it's probably all gross and funky inside?

I honestly don’t know! 

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Eventually the plant will melt back like all bulb plants and go into a dormant phase.....when its dormancy is done the bulb will send out a new plant.  The following was taken for a care sheet...

 

Typically, your dwarf lily may go through dormant cycles and lose its leaves. Don’t panic! When in a good growing environment, they’ll grow back in just a few weeks. 

 

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