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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-19-2012, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
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Beginner planting questions? Help?

Two nights ago I just planted my first tank (6+ gallon) cube with 2" of EcoComplete. I have some questions about planting.

1. I planted some Dwarf Sag and Water Wisteria but I don't think I got the roots very deep but they are staying in in the substrate? Should I replant to get roots deeper or are they OK if they are staying in?

2. I did not trim the roots on my Dwarf Sag or Water Wisteria. Some were about 1 to 1.5 inches long. Should I pull those up and trim them? If so, how short should they be?

3. I planted Anacharis but there were not any roots (just a stalk). Will the roots grow or does it stay like this?

4. On my water Wiseria, there seem to be some roots growing in the middle of the plant on the stem? Is that a root? Is that how they reproduce?

5. How important is it to bury the roots of my Anubias Bartei Nana deep? I just dug a small trench, put them in, and covered with substrate? Any tips for planning this plant?

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I am able to answer #3 & #5

3. Anacharis will root into the substrate no worries there. That plant could grow in a bowl of cereal I bet.

5. Burying the roots is fine just make sure the rhizome is exposed and can get the light.
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Water wisteria grows like a weed....I'm sure it's fine. The roots out the side means its trying to find nutrients in the water column, I think. Some root tabs in the gravel can't hurt!

The dwarf sag should be fine too, as long as they're in the gravel and staying put,

I never trim the roots in my plants...that's just me though.

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Wisteria will send out roots mid stem because Ina flowing river it will constantly need to root itself as older portions die, or get eaten. Aquatic plants can take nutrients through their leaves. So having water column roots is not for nutrient uptake

Trim roots to about 3/4 an inch. It makes the plant grow new roots. Old roots wll not fasten themselves to the substrate and will slowly die

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What I did with my wisteria was just take all the roots off and bury the stem. IME all the previous roots died when I bought them before that.
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1) if they are able to stay in the substrate, I will say just leave them in.
4) yup. Definitely roots. When the plants are big enough, you can consider trimming slightly below the node with the roots and plant those cuttings .
5) burying the roots of anubias is not essential but burying the rhizomes will cause the plant to die. You can also try to tie anubias to driftwood or rocks.
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