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Planting amazon sword in a flower pot

I have tried to Google an answer to this, but no such luck:
My tanks are bare bottom, but I came across someone selling beautiful, large amazon sword mother plants. Wanting to keep my aquariums bare bottom, I wonder if it is possible to plant it in a large (7" diameter, 6" tall) clay flower pot and use it as center piece? And if so, what substrate would be best?
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Yes, it would work. You may need to repot eventually or even multiple pots as the rizome can be split into multiple plants. Swords also let off runners with "baby" plants on them. Organic potting soil works great. Find some with no added ferts. I use Nature's Care 8 qt. Organic Potting Soil Mix iirc. Cap with your choice of sand or gravel to keep the dirt from getting stirred up by your fish.

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Yes that will work, any substrate will work.

Osmocote+ tabs and lean water column ferts are a good option.

Swords are nutrient hogs, substrate / water column / both - it doesn't matter, they are fast growing large biomass plants that need access to lots of nutrients. They quickly show deficiencies / are a good indicator plant if something is lacking.

You can go with capped mineralized top soil... 1.5" soil and 1.5 - 2.0" gravel / sand. Might be an easy option, just keep an eye out for ammonia readings when it's new, and don't uproot the plant in the tank. Replenish with root tabs as needed...

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I planted my Amazon in black perforated hydroponic pots that allow the roots to reach out. Hydroponic pots do not restrain roots as much as flower pots, and if the roots extend too far out, I cut them.
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That size pot I would take bottom of milk jug and make a false bottom 1.5-2 high. Then on top of that add 1.5 of potting soil around roots that has been well washed/pre-leached. Then add 1.5 of top sand/gravel , 1-3m size. Making sure crown of plant is no more than .75 into sand top. Keep substrate layer in pot to around 3 max.
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I would have to ask some questions first to get a better idea of your thinking. Why do you like the bare bottom? If it is for ease of cleaning, using dirt is not the way I would go as dirt is what you are wanting to remove!
Sword are big folks who do lo9ts of roots and a potis going to get full pretty quick so I might recommend going with something much wider rather than deep so that the roots can spread. I often have swords in 1 1/2 -2 inch deep sub of mixed variety things like pool filter sand, gravel, dirt, and whatever happens to get mixed in the rest. They grow okay in most anything but do get large! And mixing brings yet more questions as to what fish you will have as many will move the sub and that means it gets out of the pot quicker.
Maybe a combo of some bare tank, while the plant lives in a shallow tray that is hidden under things like rocks. Whether flat slabs or rounded, the rocks can ease the question of digging or sub scattered around the tank if that is a real concern to stick with.
I'm a river/ creek guy and like the look of plants growing up out of wood as it does so often in nature.
For a semi-mobile plant, wood or rock, combo, how about a flat slate floor tile with shallow tray of sub and plant screwed on and the decor item to hide the tray all attached as one unit to be moved if you are wanting to clean under it better. Something like a flower pot on the deck except underwater?
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