Monday, November 20, 2006

Echinodorus palaefolius - Mexican Sword-plant

There are many of these in the Singapore Botanic Gardens growing in the man-made ponds and streams at the entrance next to the Taman Serasi Foodcourt in the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Somehow I had not thought of this plant growing anywhere else other than in public parks and it was a pleasant surprise to see this plant flourishing in my friend's garden. This lovely corner of her garden provides much joy to her husband and her, as well as to visitors like me.Beautiful gardens need not be large as my friend has proven. All it takes is imagination and most of all a love for plants and nature to create your piece of tranquility and beauty at your doorstep.

4 comments:

budak said...

They can be grown fully submersed in aquariums too.

Mable said...

That gives me an idea - to grow them in nice bottles.

budak said...

It's possible to grow them in small pots or bottles filled with small pebbles (and maybe a layer of soil/fert mix at the bottom). Cheap specimens from aquarium stores can be used. Just plant them such that the base is always wet. The aquatic leaves will dry out (or you can just cut them off straightaway) and new emergent leaves will develop. Place initially in a shady spot but when leaves are mature they like some sunlight (which also triggers flowering). New plantlets will develop from the nodes along the flower stalk which can be detached once roots develop.

Mable said...

Thanks budak for the tips. My friend has given two cuttings to me and I shall watch them diligently and try out your suggestions.