Tissue Culture Plants
You may have seen us recently promoting “tissue culture plants” on our Facebook and Instagram pages. If you’re wondering what they are and what makes them superior to other aquatic plants, read on!
What are Tissue Culture plants?
Tissue culture plants are grown in-vitro, in labs, to ensure that they are free of pests. What that means is that these plants won’t accidentally add snails or pesticides to your aquarium space. Of course, with all aquatic plants, we do our best to make sure they are also free of those same issues, but there’s no guarantee. With these plants, you’re guaranteed a sterile plant.
How are they sold?
Tissue culture plants are sold in their culture cups with lids, as seen below. You get quite a lot of plants in these cups and you’ll be able to add them to your aquarium. First, remove the plant from its cup and place it and the growth medium under it in a bowl of water from your aquarium. Give the plant about half an hour to adjust to the aquarium water and then add it however you’d like – all in one spot, or divided into several spots in your tank. Because they’ve been grown in a sterile environment, they will have to build up immunity to bacteria, etc., when added to your tank. You may notice a few days of acclimation time with your new plant.
What plants are available?
You can find many of your typical aquatic plants in tissue-culture form. We will often have a variety of Anubias, Bacopa, Echindorus, Helanthium, and more. If you still have questions about aquatic plants and how you can add them to your aquarium, come in and see us. Our pet professionals are super knowledgeable about these types of plants and can help answer any questions you have.