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05-24-2015 01:39 AM
Kt-Radi0 Very helpful. Thank you
05-16-2015 10:31 AM
sindy777 I'm loving this list!!!!!!
01-15-2015 02:41 PM
morfeeis Thank you, this list was very helpful.....
11-11-2014 11:19 PM
Limnophila indica

Limnophila indica needs to be on this list.........
09-23-2014 02:11 AM
Fishermike @dpod: many of us here don't use soill in our tanks. Root-tabs are your friend!
09-22-2014 10:36 PM
dpod I'm loving this list- I just set up a low-tech tank and I'd love to add more than the crypts, vals, and anubias nana that's in there now. However, I'm thinking I should've added soil. Do you have any suggestions for fertilizing a simple gravel-bottomed tank?
08-08-2014 12:25 PM
Seena Very good listing. Was pondering with the idea of setting up a garden for a very long time. These suggestions should help.
06-20-2014 11:45 PM
Angela316 Awesome list very helpful! Thanks

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05-30-2014 05:42 AM
CluelessAquarist Hoppy and OVT, thanks for clearing that up. I was worried that I was supposed to cut my stems bare before planting :P
05-30-2014 05:39 AM
Originally Posted by CluelessAquarist View Post
Hoppy are you saying that if I buy a stem plant that has roots I should cut it to a bare stem and plant it?
Hoppy is right, but I am not sure he answered your question directly.
If I do get stem plants with roots, I do cut most, if not all of the roots, off before planting. The existing roots will most likely rot anyways.

With rozette plants like swords, I trim the roots to about 2", just long enough to keep the plant in the substrate.

The above does not apply to rizhome plants like anubias and ferns and I tend to leave the roots of crypts alone.

05-30-2014 03:30 AM
Originally Posted by CluelessAquarist View Post
Hoppy are you saying that if I buy a stem plant that has roots I should cut it to a bare stem and plant it?

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No, I'm not saying that. Most stem plants are cuttings from other plants, so they are rootless when you get them. Most of us tend to prune our stem plants and plant the cut off parts to get a denser growth of that plant, or to get rid of the bad looking base of the plant. There really isn't any reason to plant rooted stem plants, since they quickly send out new roots if there are few or no roots already there. In natural settings many, if not most stem plants reproduce in part by shedding the top part which floats away and eventually roots itself back into shallow water. Just think, the stem plant cutting you get may be a piece of a 100 year old plant!!
05-30-2014 01:57 AM
CluelessAquarist Hoppy are you saying that if I buy a stem plant that has roots I should cut it to a bare stem and plant it?

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05-11-2014 05:08 PM
Hoppy Floating plants don't know where "up" is, so they tend to grow in a gnarled form, twisting, looping around, etc. Then when you finally plant them in the substrate it takes quite awhile for them to begin to grow up instead of in random directions.

You normally plant stem plants with no roots on them. They are just cuttings. You should poke them down into the substrate as deep as you can, preferably at an angle, so they can't float back out. This is easy with long tweezers.
05-11-2014 01:54 PM
Ebi Some members let stem plants float if they don't have an established root system. Then once the roots start shooting out, they plant it in substrate. So, to answer your question, yes they should survive.
05-11-2014 12:26 PM
Originally Posted by redant View Post
i have a few hygrophila polysperma that didn't anchor well to the substrate and now are floating....will the plants survive like this, or do they need to be anchored to the substrate ??
It will start to grow long roots up the stem i have a few sunset hygros like that now sorry i first gave the wrong info.
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