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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-13-2003, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
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does anyone know how to deal with the roots that appear on the stems of many aquatic plants? is this something that should be left alone, or does it signify a deficiency of some kind? i REALLY don't like the way it looks, especially on my giant hygrophila, and trimming them every other day is a huge pain in the butt. this was addressed in another post, but there was never any kind of general conclusion, so i am asking the question again.

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Hmmm, I'd like to know too. I don't mind the look, but I am hoping that it doesn't mean that there's any sort of deficiency.
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I've been wondering the same thing for a long time.Anyone who knows the answer?

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Some plants have a natural tendency to produce adventitious roots which is encouraged when there's a lot of light overhead, causing the stem to deviate from vertical. Wisteria is a great example of this, as are many Cabomba and other Hygrophila species. In certain cases, though, it can be a sign of insufficient substrate nutrients. Karen Randall firmly believes this to be the case when Alternanthera reineckii starts putting out adventitious roots.
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Hmmm. Well, my Rotala and Anacharis are putting out quite a few roots. However, the Anacharis are bending quite a bit and several of them have shoots sprouting from them.
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