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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-04-2008, 12:18 AM Thread Starter
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Planting in ADA Soil

I have trouble getting anything to stay in mine, I use tweezers and push the roots down and all it does is make a hole.

I found that dragging the plant through the soil works but you can't do that when you have other plants close to were you want to put it.

So, What techniques do you use?
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I open my tweezers slowly letting the granuals fall until they are near the plant roots. Then I take my tweezers out.

Another trick is to push plant further down than you'd like and as you pull back on tweezers it will hopefully not come all the way up with your tweezers.

If all else fails I put my other hand or tweezes beside the plant and hold it while pulling the planting tweezers out.

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Ok cheers, I'll give that a go.
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I use chopsticks.

Using them started as a "I'll do this until I get tweezers" kind-of-thing. As I kept forgetting to get tweezers, however, I got progressively better and better at using the chopsticks for planting. It's really wonderful in a Karate Kind kind-of-way in that I can catch glosso, HC, et cetera when it floats up during a replant.

It's one of those skills that absolutely no one in the entire world would be impressed with. Except me. I practically give myself a high five whenever I catch a up-running sprig of something. Yay me!
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If you don't have tweezers like me, just grab 1-4 stems with your forefinger, middle finger, and thumb with the stem ends flush (or even slightly recessed so you don't damage them going in) with your skin and stick them into the substrate. Release carefully & pull your fingers out of the substrate, then with the same hold, tamp around the base of the plants lightly. I took that method from digging post holes. Works pretty well and I can do it amazingly quickly. I suppose tweezers would be ideal and in some situations they would be, but when all is said and done, I'm not sure you can tell the difference with most plants once they grow out a bit.
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