Mizukusa FOCUS “Echinodorus & Cryptocoryne MIX for enjoying flowers”

Mizukusa FOCUS “Echinodorus & Cryptocoryne MIX for enjoying flowers”

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A popular mixed Wabi-Kusa Echinodorus & Cryptocoryne MIX occasionally blooms when grown emersed. You can propagate Echinodorus adventitiously or enjoy the unique flower of Cryptocoryne. Let us look at the flowering of these plants.
The flower of Cryptocoryne albida
Cryptocoryne flower
Some Cryptocoryne plants used in Wabi-Kusa tend to bloom more easily than others. C. albida, C. wendtii, C. tropica, C. wendtii ‘Mi Oya’, and C. ‘Real Green’ bloom relatively easily. Flowering depends on various conditions, such as temperature, humidity, the change in day length and the type of plant. Therefore, it is not easy to coax them to bloom. However, a mature plant that has been grown for a while tends to bloom more easily, and you may see it bloom while trimming stem plants around it over time. Aquatic plants around the Cryptocoryne should be kept somewhat short so that the leaves of Cryptocoryne receive adequate light.

Echinodorus argentinensis with a flower stalk
A flower stalk of an Echinodorus plant
A flower stalk occasionally develops from the growing point of an Echinodorus plant that is well rooted and growing in Wabi-Kusa medium. Usually, we cut off flower stalks in the green house so that nutrients will be supplied to pavent plant. A cute white flower will bloom if the flower stalk is left on the plant. A plantlet will develop on the flower stalk if it is left on the plant a while longer. Since the parent plant supplies water to the plantlet, the plantlet will develop petioles and leaf blades. If the flower stalk is cut off from the parent plant, the plantlet will develop roots to absorb water. The plantlet will develop roots from its base if the base is dipped in water even if the flower stalk is still intact. The plantlet will grow if planted in Aqua Soil or another substrate material.