Live Riparium Plants
We have spent years testing varieties of plants for growing in ripariums. To select for our trials we looked for species that occur in wet habitats in nature, such as wetlands, mangroves swamps and riverbanks because these plants are the best adapted to growing in permanently wet conditions. However, we have found just a few that are the top performers in ripariums. These selections have the best growth habits, colors and textures for riparium aquascaping. Our selections also grow well with relatively easy care.
Below, baby panda bamboo (Pogonatherum crinitum) in an 11.5-gallon riparium.
We are pleased to announce the release of our first live plant selections for early summer 2011 and we have taken pains to produce the best quality material ready for planting in riparium Hanging Planters and Trellis Rafts. Our catalog will list the live plant offerings in three different forms:
- Bare-root plants – These plants have bulky rootstocks and bulbs and are planted directly into riparium hanging planters.
- Established plants in hanging planters – Certain plants require more extended establishment periods to form healthy roots in the riparium planters and we have decided to offer these as established plants. These plants are an excellent “plug-and-play” option that you can use to create an instant riparium planting in your setup.
- Plants rooted in peat plugs – We are especially pleased about our live plants rooted in flexible peat plugs. Read more about this convenient system in the following section.
About Peat Plugs
Sometimes it is difficult to handle plants for shippjng and transplanting. Stem cuttings are perishable and may begin to die a short time after being clipped from the mother plant. Delicate root systems may be damaged if removed from the planting media, but potting soil adds a lot of weight and can harbor soil pests. We have developed an excellent alternative for some of the best riparium selections; we are pleased to announce that we will offer a number of plants as rooted cuttings in flexible peat plugs.
Below, a Cyperus umbrella sedge rooted in a flexible peat plug.
How to use in your riparium: Most of our plug-rooted plant offerings are intended to be planted in riparium hanging planters with Riparium Planter Gravel. In order to use our plug-rooted plants simply pick away most of the plug material, trim long roots and then plant in the riparium planter with clay gravel planter media. Some plants have a tendency to soften while packed moist for shipping. You should watch your plants after planting and if they begin to wilt you can raise the humidity in the riparium with a canopy until they begin to establish new roots. Plastic cling wrap works well as a temporary cover if you do not have a glass aquarium canopy.
We will also offer a few plants best planted on riparium Trellis Rafts, such as aluminum plant (Pilea cardierei) and nerve plant (Fittonia), as rooted cuttings in peat plugs. Before planting these you should remove as much of the peat flexiplug material as possible and rinse any small pieces away before planting the stems through the hole in the Trellis Rafts.
Shipping of plants rooted in soil or soil-like media is not permitted for West Coast states (CA, HI, OR, WA). Plants shipped to destinations in those states will be removed from the peat plug and wrapped in moist newsprint.