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How to propagate Rotala?

I was given some Rotala and even though my tank is low light I planted it and surprisingly it grows fantastic, it lacks color, but it grows haha. My question is how do I propagate it? I trimmed the tops off a while back and now a new segment is growing out of the side of the stem. How should it properly be done?


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You can chop the tops and plant them in the substrate. If you want to grow more you can laterally plant it in an emersed setup or submersed setup to force the plant to produce more stems.


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You can chop the tops and plant them in the substrate. If you want to grow more you can laterally plant it in an emersed setup or submersed setup to force the plant to produce more stems.
What do I do with those new sections growing out of the previously clipped sections? They're sprouting roots.
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Cut and replanting is the most common. This also encourages it to get bushier and it will spread along the bottom. In good lighting the leaves will change from the typical green color. Mine are golden on top and rosy underneath the leaves higher up in the water column. Others are greenish on top and rosy to violet in color underneath the leaves. If you let them, they will grow like a weed under good conditions so you gotta watch them. They took over a slot in my growout tank quite easily by spreading along the bottom. By the time I realized it, the plant that was there was overtaken, lol.

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Cut and replanting is the most common. This also encourages it to get bushier and it will spread along the bottom. In good lighting the leaves will change from the typical green color. Mine are golden on top and rosy underneath the leaves higher up in the water column. Others are greenish on top and rosy to violet in color underneath the leaves. If you let them, they will grow like a weed under good conditions so you gotta watch them. They took over a slot in my growout tank quite easily by spreading along the bottom. By the time I realized it, the plant that was there was overtaken, lol.
Hope close to the top or close to the substrate should I cut?
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In a nutshell, cut to the desired height. Roots will pretty much grow anywhere. As long as there is a leaf, a root will grow under it eventually. As with most plants, under thriving conditions and training, they start to grow outwards a bit more vs growing up to touch your ceiling.

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