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Stem plants for ripariums submersed to emersed

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I was wondering if anyone knew how to get submersed stem plants ready for a riparium? I had some P. kawageoanum in my tank and threw some stems into my emersed tub which has a glass lid and is misted once a day. They've been growing there for a while now and took over. Today I took some stems and put them into a riparium planter I made on a 7.5 gal tank I have. They dried out in a matter of hours. I cut them down to the part that is immediately above the water (I stuck the cut ends into the water) and I'll hope that they will come back, but in the meantime I was wondering: How do you condition submersed stems to riparium low humidity conditions? I know this will only work with some plants in the first place and I read hygrophila, bacopa, hydrocotyle, ludwigia all will work. I know persicaria isn't one of those, but I'll hope the stems make it.

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Maybe I should include some background: I am making a softwater south east asian inspired tank for B. channoides. The riparium planter is just an accessory, but I was hoping to have plants with that geography in mind. The tank itself has M. pteropus 'philippine' and 'narrow', crypt wendtii, crypt balansae and an echinodorus red rubin (because my SO liked it ... it will move soon). Does anyone have any good suggestions on species, other than how to get the stems to grow emersed?
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have u been misting the plants on the rafts?
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Figured it out. I cut the stems back to just an inch above the water level. They are all now showing new emersed growth that doesn't seem to be wilting. I think for the new environment, the stems didn't adapt fast enough. Also, all have roots developed now so that helps a lot. Thanks for the ideas!
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I have done this before with several kinds of stem. I got them to convert by planting in the riparium planter, then positioning the planter so that the top rim was just below the water's surface. All of the existing submersed foliage just hung down in the water, but new stems were compelled to grow up into the air. This worked pretty good.
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