Container Water Garden - Having problems starting

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  1. cherylad

    cherylad Countess of Cute-ification Plants Contributor

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    I have a 2-3 gallon plastic container... approx. 6-8 inches deep. I bought two bulbs from Home Depot... the kind come in a little pouch with "moss-like" substance in it.
    It's been over a month since I started. One bulb put on a leave but it promptly died. The other shows no sign of life.
    I even went to PetCo (or Petsmart) and bought 5 more bulbs... no sign of life from them either.
    I keep the water clean. Added algae-control drops.
    Have added Miracle Grow a couple of times.
    Still nothing.
    What am I doing wrong?
     
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  3. toni

    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    The package of the food pellets that come with the plants I have bought says to feed them after they start growing.
    I remember mine taking a few weeks to actually show any growth. Do you have the entire plant covered with water? I know some directions say to make the move to deeper water slowly, over the course of a few days I think. But I didn't do that, I just stick them in the water depth where they would be living and let them grow.
     
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    Yes... I keep them covered in water. The directions for the bulbs said they were for water depths of 1-6 inches. Perfect, I thought, for my container which is about 7-8 inches deep.
    Maybe I just got some "duds"?
     
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    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    I think you may be giving them too much TLC cheryl. ;) Just pop them in the water and leave them to themselves. Don't add anything except the recommended plant food and I'm sure, in a few weeks, you'll be rewarded with new growth. I presume your water container is getting enough sun to help the bulbs to grow. If not can it be moved to a sunnier spot?
     
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    They are getting plenty of sunlight. I thought maybe too much! Guess I just need a little more patience. :)
     

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