As you can see, my method greatly speeds up producing
a fully mature blooming plant in a very short period of time.
I have also had great success with people mailing me pads with
a viviparous node and growing them out. I currently have two
'Blue Bird' vivips growing out that were mailed to me and a couple
'Lindsey Woods' pads that are also growing out that were mailed
A few additional points to consider to keep your small plantlets
All vivips grow better if the lighting is very high in the
blue spectrum. Plants require high levels of blue light for growth
and root development. Red spectrum light is great for getting
them to bloom. A 75 watt floodlight-style grow light with a blue/purple
coating will give you a good combination of both of these spectrums.
These bulbs can be purchased at places like Home Depot for approximately
Additionally your water temps should be at 80F - 90F for very
fast development. I just keep the grow light a few inches above
the water and the vivips about 1-2 inches below the water surface.
With those conditions and the proper grow lamps, your vivips
should be blooming size within a month. I have had them blooming
in 20 - 30 days from the time I remove the vivip from the parent
I would encourage people to try this method.