Ordering plants from Green Aqua
Besides the top quality Green Aqua lab plants we offer you a wide variety of plants coming from the world-famous German Dennerle, Danish Tropica, Dutch Aquaflora and Japan ADA greenhouses and laboratories. Most plants are marked "on stock" on our web shop. In case of some rare plants that are not so popular among our clients we will place the order at the Manufacturers only after receiving an order for them. This means that the shipping time will be longer with just a few days.
How do all of the above affect plant ordering process?
You will have to wait a maximum of one week before your plants are dispatched. If you will not get an automatic message that your package has been dispatched in 1 or 2 days after your order, it means that the procedure of backordering your plants has started. Please wait until the manufacturers' shipments arrive and you will be notified when your package leaves our warehouse. In some rare cases the manufacturers might inform us that the requested plants are not available. We will contact you on email or phone to agree on replacement of these plants with other similar plants or to refund their value - it will be your choice.
Green Aqua will ship out orders that contain plants on all weekdays. There are some extreme cases in the winter when the low temperatures at external warehouses - or packages left in trucks for the night - will not guarantee the safe shipping of plants. We are using thermo packaging during winters and our experience tells us that 99% of the plants arrive in good condition to our customers.
Plant types sold
These plants were grown under laboratory conditions in small plastic jars, their roots residing in jelly or liquid fertilizer solution. They are absolutely sterile: no algae, no parasites, no worms in them. Big advantage of this technology is that the plants will stay alive and healthy for longer times - for weeks or in some extreme cases even months. We recommend planting them in 1 or 2 weeks the latest, after package arrival so they do not have to be planted immediately.
- Never open the jar before planting - no air should get into the closed environment.
- Spores from ambient air might cause fungus to appear on the plants if you do so.
- The jelly can not be eaten, please keep it away from small children.
Please remove the jelly from the roots before usage, rinse it gently under running tap water. Use planting tweesers to push the plants into the clay-based substrate.
These plants are called "potted" because they rest inside a plastic container that is filled with a fine mesh. This is the conventional way of aquatic plant distribution and these plants are kept under water at Green Aqua before their sale. We use CO2 injection to keep them alive and healthy (see images).
We are packing these plants in groups of 5-8 inside sealed plastic bags filled with air. The humid environment keeps them from drying out and protects them from eventual physical shocks during transportation. Potted plants should be planted as soon as possible - preferably the same or the next day after package arrival.
Remove the plant and the fine mesh carefully from the plastic container. Open the mesh vertically in two, remove the plant carefully and use a tweezer to get the remaining mesh from the roots. Trim long roots for easier planting and to prevent later rotting. Plant in small groups.
This group consists of mainly mosses and floating plants. Some mosses tied to stainless steel nets also fall into this category. The boxed plants - similar to lab plants - will survive for longer periods of time, but it is advisable to start using them (tying them on wood or stones) as soon as possible after receiving the package.
These plants will originate from immersed or submersed cultures, which are not sterile, so it is safe to open the top of the container to inspect them. Be sure that you close back the top after the examination or spray them regularly to avoid drying them out during the coming days or weeks before you plant them.
This category is usually the preferred method for selling less expensive, hardy plants. These plants are usually stem (background) plants, that do not need root protection so manufacturers will simply cut the plant and place it in a ceramic ring. Cut the plants just above the ring (to get rid of eventually damaged or pressed parts) and plant them in small groups.
The bunched plants - similar to potted ones - will arrive in small, air filled and sealed plastic bags and it is advisable to plant them right after you receive the package. Do not keep them in the bag for more than a day, just throw them into your aquarium if you plan to plant them later.
This is a new plant packing category. All plants come pre-packed in sealed plastic bags (containers) that maintain the humid environment and ensure longer storage for plants on shop shelves and at home. Lifespan of plants kept in this type of packaging is close to those of the lab plants.
The pre-packed plants do not need to be put into water prior to planting, they can be kept in their sealed containers until usage. Please do not open the container, as it is difficult to seal back and they can dry out if you do not plant them right after opening the bag.