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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-08-2004, 10:44 AM Thread Starter
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I have a question regarding planting some new plants I am receiving today as all the plants I have so far are stem plants. I am getting Aponogeton henkelianus and some assorted crypts. Any hints what to bury and how deep, and how to keep it from floating up?

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Make sure the root system is under gravel and thats it really.
Clear a path in the gravel
place the roots in the depression then
recover the roots
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when replanting crypts, i trim off about a third of the root system. this supposedly stimulates new root growth, and allows them too adapt more quickly. since i started doing this, i have never had a crypt melt on me. not sure if there is a connection.
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I trim the roots on crypts also. I didnt know there was any benefit, they were just easier to plant that way. Im glad You posted that it is beneficial .
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Tweezers are your friend. What I do is cut off the roots leaving about 3cm left and push the plant into the substrate to the rhizome with tweezers. Don't forget that crypts are heavy roots feeders and you will have MUCH better results if you fertilize their root area. I usually push 1/3 a jobes and a Seachem root tab under each "bunch" of crypts.

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Thanks for the comments. I planted before I saw them. I think I did ok even though I didn't trim the roots.

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Just make sure that the crown of the plant is above the substrate. Otherwise you will get crown rot.

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Just make sure that the crown of the plant is above the substrate. Otherwise you will get crown rot.
^^^^Very important tip^^^^. I also forgot to mention that with crypts and swords, as opposed to stem plants, I use a sweeping motion to put the plant into the substrate. Then after it is in it's final place you can tidy up the substrate around the plant.

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