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    Tissue culture plants rock!

    Tissue culture plants rock!

     

    Tissue culture plants are becoming more and more popular in the planted tank hobby. There are a many of reasons to use them for your next project. Read on, we'll give you the run down as to why we think they're awesome!

    We usually just carry the 1-2 Grow tissue culture cups from Tropica Aquarium Plants. Why? Well generally plant quality is very good, better than most others. And Tropica Aquarium Plants has a North American facility here in Canada. This makes acquiring premium plants very easy for us, with little risk of overseas shipping. With 50 different species to choose from in the Tropica 1-2 Grow line up, most folks should be able to find what they're looking for. Wheather its mosses, carpeting plants or stems. Of course there are still some species like Anubias, Echndorius, and some Cryptcorne that come better as potted plants due to poor suitability as tissue cultured plants. And don't forget Tropica is a huge nursery, they know things like this. *Disclaimer* We are not affiliated with Tropica Aquarium Plants. Just really love the quality and selection available. But that's a totally different blog!

    1. All tissue cultured plants are grown in sterile lab conditions. This makes all 1-2 grow cups pest free. Great if you have phobia of snails. And algae free. Now there are a lot of factors that contribute to algae, but tissue culture plants will come with absolutely no algae. This means no competition for nutrients when your plants are adapting to your aquarium. Just nice clean plants ready to go!

    2. Plant mass inside a tissue cultured cup is usually a lot more when compared to the same potted species. 

    Out of the 1-2 grow cup!

     

    Same cup divided into portions. Almost every single time when comparing 1-2 Grow cups to potted plants you will receive more in the 1-2 Grow cup. When comparing the same species.

    3. Small shipping volume! Shipping is based on weight and volume. We can ship 4-5 TC cups or 1-2 average sized potted plants. And there's no rock wool weighing the box down with useless shipping weight. In winter we use bigger boxes for added protection for all plants. Shipping cost does go up for winter, but you will get way more bang for your buck with 1-2 Grow cups. 

    4. Plants in cups ship a better too. The hard plastic cups provide a bit of protection too. Because they are emersed grown out of water, leafs and stems are much tougher.

    5. No need to plant right away. 1-2 grow cups can easily sit on your counter for a couple days. Just keep them out of direct sun light and slightly cooler than room temperatures. Of course it's better to plant them sooner than later.

     

    Now some tissue culture cups may not be for everyone. Stem plants and carpeting plants might be hard to get going depending on lighting, substrate, fertilization and experience levels. Heres an old blog post with a few tips on growing plants.

    In our opinion the pros out weight the cons, give them a try!

     

     

     

    Our annual winter public service announcement

    Our annual winter public service announcement

     

    Once again it's time for our annual winter public service announcement. Many of our customers are likely familiar with this announcement.

    *****WINTER IS COMING! LIVE PLANTS WILL FREEZE!!!!*****

    We're a bit early this year, but one of the best ways to ensue your plants arrive to you safely is to order before winter hits. We know you're out side scraping the last bits of summer off the sky, not really thinking about your tank. Least that's what we're doing between snow storms here in Calgary.

    So if you're thinking about ordering now is the time. Cooler temperatures this time of year is the ideal time for shipping across most of Canada. Until it starts freezing. When more insulation is required box sizes go up, as does the cost of shipping. Cheaper shipping and less chance of damaged plants is a win win in our books!

    Also we recommend against ordering live plants on Black Friday.  It's cold, couriers and the postal system is bogged down, delivery standards are not met and packages are lost. Risky business when we're dealing in live plants! 

    As our customers know, we take great care in getting you your plants in the best condition possible. We use insulated boxes, heat packs and recommend the fastest shipping method possible. Or at least a shipping time of less than three days.

    Flex delivery from Canada post is a great option. Or UPS access point may also be a good option depending on shipping time to your location. Both services hold your package at a location for you to pick up. This reduces the amount of time your package will be exposed to freezing temperatures.

    We have been very successful with this method since we started our business. We've shipped thousands of plants with only a few frozen boxes. Most of the frozen boxes were lost or delayed in shipping. Can't be perfect every time!

    We're very adverse to risk. Most of our plants are premium quality, and we believe that you the customer should get top quality plants delivered to your door. We will not gamble with your hard earned money. Simply, it comes down to, we get you your plants or we can't. For this reason we have an all or nothing shipping policy. Play by our rules and we will get you your plants with a 100% DOA guarantee. Our shipping policy changes bit depending on season, so have a look at our shipping policy before ordering.

    When we have temperatures lower than -20C in Calgary or at the final destination we will hold your order until the next shipping day. Hopefully the temperature improves. Of course we will send an email to update our affected customers.

    As always we're here to help. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, especially questions related to winter shipping. 

    Best

    The Wet Leaf Team

    Art Cards and Posters

    Art Cards and Posters

     

    Tropica aquarium plants has relesed prints of original watercolour paintings that artists have created for Tropica over the years.

    If you’re interested, we’re invoicing by email until we get them up online.

    Art Cards come in a set of five. 13x18cm (5”x7”)

    Art Cards will be $9.99 for a set of 5 cards. 2 different card sets. They can ship with other items. Or $5 flat rate, likely letter mail and we’ll reduce this if you’re west of Ontario.

    Set #1 - C. helferi, C. thaianum, S. repens, H. pinnatifida, B. australis.



    Set #2 - E. ‘Ozelot’, E. ‘Vesuvius’, L. hippuridoides, N. hydrophylla ‘Taiwan’, U. graminifolia.




    Posters 40x30cm or (16”x12”)

    Posters are 15.99 each. Posters will ship for a flat rate of $12, and shipped separately from other items.

    Madagascariensis

    Sagittaria

    Nymphaea

    Crinum

     

    Tropica 1-2 Grow Blow Out!

    Tropica 1-2 Grow Blow Out!

    Once again its time to blow out our entire stock of Tropica 1-2 Grow cups.

    They are getting close to their best before date and July 22/ 23 will be our last shipping days for a couple weeks.

    So they must go! 

    Use this code at check out for 50% off all 1-2 Grow tissue culture cups.

     TC50%OFF