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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-16-2005, 05:06 AM Thread Starter
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Help - I planted amazon sword too deep in the substrate

Just received a few big bare rooted Amazon swords plants, they are NOT one of those mother plants but pretty close, measuring clost to 20 inches tall.


-They arrived bare roots and not much roots, about 2-3 inches.
-Couldn't get it to stay if only the roots were planted and leave crown above substrate.
-So they are now planted pretty deep, crowns are about 1/2" under substrate. I also put a few small rocks on top of the substrate to secure the plants.
-0.5" of substrate plus the small rocks, the crowns are now like an inch or 1 1/2" under.

Is this ok? if not, what can I do?

Thanks for helping.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-16-2005, 05:26 AM
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for the sake of ease of planting, and to boost growth a bit, I always trim the roots of all swords / crypts / ferns before I ever place them in a tank... with a 20" sword, I'd trim the roots down to about 4" (trust me, they'll grow back!) to make it easier to plant, with a root tab nearby for the roots to grow toward. sounds like a nice buy. i'm just rediscovering my love of swords... so easy, so beautiful, and so BIG!! anyone with the space should keep them in abundance


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Just don't have any bush nose plecos in the tank. Once they get a taste of it.....

Someday I'll get rid of the pair I have, I'm not sure if they contribute to the "clean up crew" or not..


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Would the stems rot if I keep the crown buried?
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-18-2005, 09:29 AM
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1) Let it be as it is for now. As roots form pull it up a little out of the gravel. It should be fine the way it is for a week or two.

2) Other option is to tie it to a rock and let it float upright, it will form roots and then you can plant it.

The stems will rot if left burried for too long, but 1-2 weeks you should be fine IME.
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