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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-23-2009, 05:35 PM Thread Starter
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Could be the dumbest question about cutting.

If I wanted my dwarf hair grass and micro sword to spread and grow, how does one make it do it? I think they have runners or at least the Hair grass does I think. But I also heard you need to cut it first before it will grow and spread. How do you cut it? Where do you cut it? Is it all true or should I just be patient and see?

I have tried looking up info but I am not the best when it comes to looking up net. lol I have read but dont quite understand it.
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I cut the roots to stimulate new root growth, and then cut the top blades of grass so that you have about 0.5-1" of green. If you got them potted, you can also cut or pull them apart and plant smaller cuttings of about 3-6 blades of grass about an inch apart from each other.
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How much of the roots did you cut? I dont want to over cut.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-24-2009, 01:02 AM
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I would think just the tips of the roots would do it but hopefully someone with more experience will come along and say for sure!

Good luck though!


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I don't know about cutting it, some people trim their hair grass carpet down and that probably helps it's density. The trick that works for me, with Lillaeopsis and Eleocharis, is getting enough to plant a checker board pattern throughout a large open area, ~1" clumps an inch or two apart from one another. Add light and nutrients and a thick carpet fills in after some time. If you're letting it spread out from a single clump, you're probably in for a long wait.


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