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Keeping stem plants anchored down

Just wondering how some of you are keeping your stem plants from coming free and floating to the top. Right now I am having trouble keeping my Limnophila Aromaticas from breaking free and was just seeing what some of you might suggest. I was thinking of wrapping some cotton with a rubber band around the bottom of the stem to give it some what of a base to hold it down, but I don't know how that will go later on in time and for when it starts to root more. Any info would be great!

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I bought some small lead strips from the LFS. Just cut them into smaller chunks and wrap them around the base. I've had a few plants that no matter how deep I put them in the substrate, they always float up, but those strips work great.


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what are you using for substrate? the lead straps work fine, just remember to remove them once rooted.

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i like to burry the stem, and atleast 1 leaf. the leaf acts as an anchor. then just be carefull around that plant for a few weeks untill the roots take hold.
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I insert the plant into the substrate, then carefully push it sideways an inch or so; filling in the little trench in the substrate this leaves before releasing the plant.

This leaves the buried part of the stem and any roots at an angle in the substrate, which helps keep it from lifting straight out.
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+1 dark Cobra

I do the same with a 14 " tweezer. Insert , then dtrag a little, release and your done.
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I found that doing it by hand is the best method.
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I've never had too much trouble as long as the stem is an inch or more into the substrate. Longer stems are more boyant, and can be more prone to floating out from my experience.
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i always plant my stems in bunches of 5 or so plants, i use some long forceps to push them down a inch or so. Then i lightly release them and give the forceps a little jiggle as i pull them out, it kind of helps pack the soil down around them.


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I insert the plant into the substrate, then carefully push it sideways an inch or so; filling in the little trench in the substrate this leaves before releasing the plant.

This leaves the buried part of the stem and any roots at an angle in the substrate, which helps keep it from lifting straight out.
I think this is a great method. Nothing else worked for me.

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I usually plant stems using twezers at a slight angle. Depending on what type of stem, i would at least have one node in the substrate. Slowly release the stem while jiggling the tweezers helps to get the substrate to cover the rest of the stem. Also, a good set of tweezers makes a big difference. I like the ones that are angled and very thin at the tip. Works best for me.
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A small stone and rubber band has helped me in the past with stiff, thick, hollow stemmed plants with whom I had the trouble with anchoring.

Just have the stone with rubber band above the substrate to facilitate removal when roots have formed - all that needs to be done is snip rubber band with a scissor and remove it and the stone.

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i like to burry the stem, and atleast 1 leaf. the leaf acts as an anchor. then just be carefull around that plant for a few weeks untill the roots take hold.
+1

I also plant stems at a nearly 45 degree angle. Amano recommends this method in his first book.
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