Theres a small area of soil that is continually wet from the waterfall so hoping to find something that dont mind those conditions. Ive come across the dry start method before or at least heard it mentioned so will become more familiar with it. Thanks.Apart from a few fine leafed stems virtually any common aquarium plant with thrive with its roots in water and the foliage exposed to air, however there must be high humidity surround the plants.
If you want to search for examples then look for ‘dry start method’
Ah right the creeping fig...i fancy having that thanks.Ficus pumila is one of the nicest small leaf plants that does well in this type of setup. You can get a oak leafed cultivar as well.
Thanks... it all became to much maintenance in the end, I tried reducing the light, and some plants did not like that however is was the ‘baby tears’ that killed off most of the specimen plants as it became so rampant it smothered everything else.Thats one hell of a setup. Looks magnificent, like a professional scape people pay good money for. Amazingly healthy plants....
and if you control it its a nice looking small easy plant.
I'd be incredibly wary of introducing <"Soleirolia (Helxine) soleirolii">, it is very invasive. @Jaceree have a look at @hydrophyte posts, he tried a lot of <"different plants emersed">.however is was the ‘baby tears’ that killed off most of the specimen plants as it became so rampant it smothered everything else.
You can use Syngoniums, Dracaenas, Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum spp), various Pennyworts, Malayan Sword (Aglaonema simplex), Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia), Creeping Charlie (Micromeria brownei), Bolbitis heteroclita etc etc. These ones don't even require high humidity.
As mentioned, most aquatic stem plants will grow in waterlogged soil without issue as long as high humidity is maintained. You can grow various hygrophilas, ludwigias and rotalas in such a setup. All sorts of echinodorus and cryptocoryne varieties will also grow in wet soil, provided you maintain humidity levels of around 90%. Various mosses will also grow fine in wet soil, including Java moss. The emersed form of Java moss looks very pretty tbh.
You can even grow pothos (money plant) in the area you have indicated in your pictures. It grows amazingly well in wet soil/standing water, even under low lighting.
Im subbed to Serpas channel, and was watching one of his vids earlier. I go through them all on YT picking things up along the way. Once i settle in more on the forums ill go through others efforts for more ideas....cheers.I really like that. If you aren't aware there is a guy on youtube called serpa design that has made lots of these paludariums. His videos would be a good source of the plants that do well in such setup and the rabbit foot fern is one he uses alot and one I think would look great with what you already have. A couple of nice threads on here can be seen in @hitmanx The Celestial Swamp - A voyage through a flooded forest fringe (Shallow Riparium) Serenity now - A Blackwater riparium just to give you some inspiration if you want to go bigger.
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