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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-02-2012, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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Laying stem plants sideways for advantaged growth?

Does anyone know about any success or failure of laying stemmed plants sideways so roots along leaf stems can enter the substrate creating a crawler? I'm trying this but do not know if this will wilt the stems or cause individual stems to sprout from the nodal area.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-02-2012, 07:31 PM
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It works with some. I do that with Alternathera for instance.
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-03-2012, 12:47 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for some experience information, I bought something from petco without a label. The stem is slender and red with a lot of roots sprouting at the leaf sections. The leaves are spade shaped and green.
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I would expect it would work fine. the main consideration is it a plant that grows from nodes as opposed to from the crown.
If from nodes if you lay it down it should grow shoots from each node.
It would help to pinch or cut off the top growing tip to encourage growth from he nodes.
Make sense?
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Thanks g-man. I'll use my revlon stainless steel scissors to nip it. Thank you. The only thing is is that the larger more visually appealing leaves are at the top. Do I just clip the leaves that are bud formed?
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Yeah I'd say clip the leaves, obviously the leaves provide energy to the plant, but I would guess that the plant has enough to get going anyway. Or clip some and as new shoots start to appear cut them off. The sooner the big leaves are gone the faster the other leaves will grow I would expect.
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Just trim and replant the trimmings. Trying to lay it down is a pita.
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I have found (inadvertently through laziness) that leaving stem plants floating at the water surface for a time (2 to 3 weeks) induce branching quicker than just planting them at first.

So now it has become standard procedure, when I want a more bushy look on a stem plant, to let it float and branch out for a while. Then, before planting, I do some mild cosmetic trimming (removal of unwanted roots, older leaves, etc.).
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I would do this
1) Leave 3-4 days floating.
2) Submerge two ends of stems into substrate, leaving and arch with about an inch of space at max between plant stem and substrate.
3) Make sure stems are at least 8 inches before trying this, more nodes more likely it will root better.
4) Make sure there is suffice carbon, P, K & iron for leaf/root development and lights for growth.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-04-2012, 01:33 AM Thread Starter
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There are pac-man lead weights holding the plants down. From just 5 days roots are taking hold in the substrate. I have also noticed one leaf with a peristem, broke and floating, that has two roots sprouted a little longer than half an inch. I'll plant this and will take recommendations to let plants float for a few weeks before setting in substrate. Thanks for all the suggestions
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