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Hello I just returned from the LFS with some new stem plants. The guy who sold them to me told me that if I wanted to shorten them I can cut up the stem until they are the desired height...is this true?
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If they're wisteria, I suppose you could. (I do that with mine). Otherwise I'm not sure

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this is true for most stem plants. You can plant the new "top", as well as the shortened "bottom". Roots will grow from the bottom of both.

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Cool thanks for the advice. I picked up some camboda and ratala. I also had some java fern that was really ugly when I bought it...probably sick with lots of thin looking leaves. I cut about 80 percent of them off...hope it survives.

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I was also wondering if it was better to seperate the stems? Both of the stem plants i purchased have some rubber loop around the bottom to keep them together.
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for java fern, only cut the rhyzome or prune individual leaves. stems you can cut where ever.
and yes, take the binding off. The bottom of the stems can rot if you keep them all bunched all together. It's best to plant them in little bunches of 1-3 stems in the substrate.

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Hmm ok so I separated them out and trimmed the rotalas roots a little. Putting them back in separately was alot harder than when they were together...hope I didnt crush their roots...
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I was also wondering if it was better to seperate the stems? Both of the stem plants i purchased have some rubber loop around the bottom to keep them together.
In my limited experience, stem plants develop pretty extensive root systems, so planting them too closely together will stunt their growth as the different plants` root systems interfere with each other. Plus, I've heard some stem plants like tiger lotus (dwarf water lilies) secrete toxins from their roots to kill anything that gets too close to them.

Anybody ever heard of that?

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