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Dwarf aquarium lily from Aquarium Coop


Maggie
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Whoo-hoo!!! The new lily bulb came today and coming out of the bag it already has a little pink shoot! Nine weeks with bulb one with nothing and this one's growing before it even hits the water! Neat! This one's lighter too and wants to float a bit while the other one was heavier and sank like a rock from day one. I don't know if that means anything or not, but it's good to see some life already. I took it out of the bag, gave it a rinse and there was the shoot. I'm very happy! Nine weeks of staring at a brown blob was getting a bit tedious. Now I've got growth on bulb two!

Bulb one is now under my plant lights in a plastic cup to see if the extra light motivates it to grow. I'm kind of wondering if maybe drying it out and then letting it sit dry for a bit would motivate it to grow? This new bulb was very light in comparison and dry feeling, but growing. Is it possible for a bulb to be too wet? Does it need a dry spell to trigger it to grow? If bulb one doesn't start growing under the lights I might try drying it out for a while and then trying it in water again after it's dried out for a bit. If that doesn't work then we'll hit it with full sun come May/June when the nights are warmer. 

Anyway, bulb two looks like a sure thing winner! Yea!

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My new lily is behaving exactly the same as yours. It's growing great and reaching for the top. The old lily bulb is still just sitting there and doing nothing. I think I may try drying it out now. It's been in water since January sixth and has done nothing, so maybe drying it out for a bit will motivate it to grow. It's not rotting which is good. 

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I just left the old bulbs in my tank when they went dormant and for a while i had no lily and then one day poof they sprouted everywhere about 6 or 8 months later and now i have 10x the lily plants i originally had. Given this experience i see no reason to remove the bulbs from the tank (maybe they will resprout faster that way?) as leaving them in the tank they will eventually re-sprout.

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