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Jan 8, 2019 7:38 AM CST
|Have you ever found 'accidental aquatics' in your water features?
I have a stream inside of a greenhouse that is a little over 30 feet long and ends in a small still pool. Plants grow in it, around it, and some hang over it.
I was recently cleaning around it and found some real hydroponic surprises.
1. Hoya growing IN the pond. A piece had wandered over from a planting I have near the wall, rooting across the ground as it went, and gone over the edge of the pool and rooted there. I cut it off and now that portion is growing as a bare root aquatic.
2. Ric Rac epiphytic jungle cactus. I have a basket of this over the pond. Apparently a piece fell out at some point into the pond. Instead or rotting, it ROOTED and is growing aquatically.
3. Costus woodsonii. I was removing some form the greenhouse to plant outside and accidentally left some stems in the pond soaking. They rooted. In the stream. They are growing there now as aquatic plants.
4. Alocasia odora. I've grown a lot of COLOCASIAS as aquatics, but not alocasias. Somehow a piece of the alocasia fell into the pond and now a stand is growing there as an aquatic.
5. Epidendrum orchids. Some keikis fell out of a basket into the stream and rooted there. Growing.
6. Chinese evergreen (aglaonema). Had an extra, threw it in the pond, it rooted and is growing there.
7. Dracaena. I have 3-4 species growing as aquatics.
8. Schomburgkia orchid. I have a big Schomburghkia orchid that sent roots down into the pond. They did not rot. They uptake water for the plant 24/7. I have a vandal that also did this.
These were surprising to me. DO you have any plants that have surprised you by doing this?
Happy to consider trading plants, but ONLY with other people who also live in FLORIDA due to Federal Agriculture Laws
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