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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-01-2008, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
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Weighing down plants

How on earth do I get my plants to stay in the substrate while they are developing roots?

Particularily my green cambomba. It always floats up to the surface.

I've heard you can use aquarium metals but what are those exactly? Could I just use a ton of those grocery store twist ties?

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I've used those twist ties from the grocery store (make sure they're plastic, not paper) with limited success. It was mainly to keep the stems together rather than keep them down. I always keep the "lead" straps that come with plants when i buy them at the LFS and use them. Some LFS's sell them in bags of 20 or so for around $3.

here's the first google hit i found for the lead straps:

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If you plant your stems at forty-five degree angles, they have a better chance of staying planted.
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I have used hardscaping to hold some down before. I also have some good luck trimming the lower foliage and planting a little deeper.

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