Cryptocoryne – How hardy ?

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I briefly posted about a year ago about Cryptocoryne pontederiifolia. Few runners were taken out of the tank in November 2006 and placed in a tupperware-like container. No substrate, no pots, no water. I had done nothing except very occasional water misting. I opened the container in June 2007 and found rich root system and number of healthy leaves (pic 1).


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Cryptocoryne pontederiifolia is definitely not the only hardy specimen. About two years I visited my friend’s fishroom and on the way out I was given a healthy potted Cryptocoryne aponogetifolia in a small plastic container. When I got back from the trip, I must have misplaced the container because I never got around to re-potting it and adding it to my emersed setup. Few months later I found the container without a plant. It melted and died !!! or did it ? I didn’t feel like cleaning it up so I left the container in the same spot, untouched. Few months later I looked into it again and found the plant alive, growing well with healthy root system and healthy leaves. I left it alone and decided to challenge it again. Plant continue to grow, melt (*not completely) and bounce back.

Yesterday I decided to take it apart, re-pot it and add it to the emersed setup. Moral of the story … let’s give those plants some credit or a lot of it !. They can grow in very limited conditions and some times they can even come back from the “death.”

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  1. #1 by Kris - March 29th, 2009 at 19:28

    Pretty neat story. I’ve had similar things happen. It truly is amazing how adaptable some of these plants are.

    Also, after reading this, I’m wondering if your friend will give you anymore of their crypts. 😉

  2. #2 by Jay - March 29th, 2009 at 20:47

    Thanks for the comment Kris. Need to go over and check few of your articles. Good stuff there !

    The friend” should be sharing more species soon !

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