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These tissue culture plants come from HortiLab who are a new and exciting provider of tissue culture plants. The great thing about these plants is the quality that you get in each pot. They are 5cm high and the plants are often trying to burst out of the lid. The colours you get in the plants are really striking and bold, the blue vitro gel is really something!
The main benefits to tissue culture plants is that they are grown in a lab and then sealed so there is zero chance of them having snails or algae. Once they are in your tank they will grow stronger and healthier than any mature plants that you may have brought in from your local supplier or online would, as the tissue culture plants will have quite literally grown from nothing, into an adult plant IN YOUR TANK!
If you want to see the rest of these plants then follow this link.
I’m really excited to be writing this blog because we’ve got a new supplier of tissue plants which the quality is superb. We’ve seen them before as we had to trial before be made a bigger commitment. This is of course essential for quality control – it would make no sense if we took a punt on plants without even testing them first.
The new brand comes from Europe and has the exact same size as Tropica and Aquafleur, so no change there. The 7cm diameter pot (I think that’s what size it is) seems to be a global standard. So all good there. But…there’s more.
They are also offering XL plants which are larger pots, and these are about 12cm in diameter which is SUPER exciting. Price wise, the smaller pots are £3.99 and the larger pots, well not sure yet as we want to see what sells best from the smaller size. As soon as we know what’s moving, we’ll get the XL pots in.
So apart from the price which is of course exciting, the super quality and the fullness of pots we’re also keeping these plants in a different way to everyone else. That means when they arrive with you, they are literally bursting with life. In some cases the one’s that we have in stock atm are too large for their pots and we are having to cram them in when the lids go on 🙂 This makes them INCREDIBLE VALUE for money. Not forgetting there are zero snails and zero algae and 100% SHRIMP SAFE. What more do you want 🙂
So keep a look out on the website as we’ll be updating there on Friday. And remember these plants ship the best so if you are from overseas, there should be few problems and they should (but we can’t guarantee this) arrive in great condition. They couldn’t be healthier when they leave us so it’s really down to your postal system in your country.
I know a lot of you are unsure about tissue cultured plants, which concerns me! A lot of you don’t understand them too as I was recently asked about storing these plants and if they are for a conservatory! The simple answer is these plants are so easy, so adaptable that they really should be at the top of your list when it comes to choosing plants for your aquarium and for a few good reasons:
They take much better to a new environment than potted
They often are extremely well grown it and completely fill up the pots
Better for the environment (wash away the jelly and recycle the plastic pot)
They ship better
They look better
They grow better
That’s a lot of reasons. I’ve taken a few snaps this morning so you can see what they’re like and how full they are. Tell me what you think and if you have tried them.
With the popularity of Vitro plants (aka tissue culture plants) it’s really great to see that Aquafleur are taking it to the big stage too. They’ve brought out a dozen plants that are free from snails and algae GUARANTEED. So this means Tropica need to step up and continue producing more vitro plants to remain competitive.
This is refreshing because it gives you the choice of more plants that are not only perfect but are free from a lot of the concerns that hobbyists have. So this is a super exciting time for aquarium plants that are grown in vitro and you can find the range of Easy Grow plants here.
Due to the rising popularity of tissue cultured plants, I wanted to expand the range and offer some more plants that were a little different to what is available from Tropica.
Anubias which is a company based in Italy produce a very broad range of tissue cultured plants and some of them look pretty exciting. I also realise some of you may not have a clue what tissue culture plants are so here’s the definition:
Tissue culture (T/C) is a way to obtain perfect, sterile clones of a plant thanks to in vitro conditions, from a very small piece of a mother plant. T/C cultured plants are the best solution for many problems, for the aquarium enthusiasts.
Benefit for the aquarist:
The availability of plants generally avoided by plant nurseries, because difficult to grow emerged
Many T/C cultured species start growing very promptly once in a tank, faster than potted plants grown emerged
T/C plants are pesticide-free
T/C plants are algae spores-free
T/C plants don’t carry Lemna sp., snails, Hydra and any other unwanted organism
T/C plants are rockwool–free, so no contaminants or mechanic threats are carried into the tank