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How to plant plants

I read that different plants come in different forms (bunched, potted, stems, etc.). I need to learn the methods, tips, and tricks for handling these different kinds of plants, and how to put them into the substrate without damaging them. Can anyone point me toward a good article or video on how to plant the different kinds of plants?

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If you have any access to Tropical Fishkeeping Hobbyist (TFH) magazines from around late 2005 Takashi Amano has an article explaining his method for planting. It basically comes down to using tweezers to push the plants into the substrate, which I find very useful.

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Tropika produced a series of very good videos showing how they recommend setting out various types of plants, and there is at least one thread in TPT about the videos, but I couldn't find it with the search. Maybe someone else has it bookmarked.

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this is a video I found helpful. I'm still trying to figure it out myself. I know some plants cant be planted in the substrate or too deep.
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What I do:

superglue moss, java fern, and anubius to wood or rocks. (can also be tied using thread or fishing line, but that wasnt an option for me)

other plants I just grab the roots with some long tongs and pull them down until the roots are hidden in the substrate
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In the video above, why is it necessary to cut the "grass" plant (Eleocharis parvula) way down when first planting it? Do you have to do that for all species used to create a lawn effect such as dwarf grass and micro sword?

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How to plant plants

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In the video above, why is it necessary to cut the "grass" plant (Eleocharis parvula) way down when first planting it? Do you have to do that for all species used to create a lawn effect such as dwarf grass and micro sword?

(Thanks for the video kingjombeejoe!)
Cutting the dhg (dwarf hair grass) will get rid of any non pretty leaves or blades that take up energy from photosynthesis. Furthermore cutting the plant will make it put most of its energy toward new growth so that the plant will send out runners and spread across the tank. This doesn't work with all plants but a god deal of the, benefit from it.


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