The Planted Tank Forum banner

Planting Rotala Indica or other stem plants?

9352 Views 11 Replies 10 Participants Last post by  ScottW
I plant them in a bunch with the weight them come with. I did this with my Ludwigia Repens but they turned black and mushy at the stems. I was told them melt because they get no light. How would be the best way to avoid this from happening?
1 - 12 of 12 Posts
Separate the stems. Clean up the stems if necessary. Trim away any parts that don't look healthy. Trim the roots if applicable. Trim the aerial roots if desired. Trim the leaves from the bottom of the stem. Plant the stems individually.

If you have flourite, replant half the stems that came out the next day!:icon_mad:
My only question is how do I get them to stay? I'm using eco complete with black samd over it. Thats why I like using the plant weight.
Dont use the weights
Grab the end of the stem with your long planting tweezers (a must have), push it deep enough into the substrate that even if you slightly tug at it it remains buried
You can do the stems individually or in small bunches, i usually do mine in bunches of 3 stems and dont overcrowd too much between bunches
With tweezers, pull stem bottoms under the substrate at an angle.
Eco Complete is a pain to plant in, but like the others have said, ditch the weights. Kubla described the process accurately.
With tweezers, pull stem bottoms under the substrate at an angle.
+1
I think the at an angle part is key. It helps the substrate sit on top of the plant to weigh it down. Going straight down into the substrate makes it too easy for stems to float out.
  • Like
Reactions: 3
If you're desperate, you can let them float at the top of your tank for awhile until better roots start to develop. Then try planting it. If you keep mashing those stems into your substrate without good roots, you're just going to damage them.
If you leave a few leaves on the bottom of the stem under the substrate, can help hold it down.
  • Like
Reactions: 1
If you leave a few leaves on the bottom of the stem under the substrate, can help hold it down.
This and planting at an angle seem to work best for me using eco-complete (very similar to flourite). This may seem obvious, but make sure the angle is opposite the water flow. All the other suggestions are great as well.
  • Like
Reactions: 1
+1
I think the at an angle part is key. It helps the substrate sit on top of the plant to weigh it down. Going straight down into the substrate makes it too easy for stems to float out.
Yep. I learned that lesson... after a frustratingly long time. :rolleyes:
I planted them in groups of 2's and 3's. Hopefully the stems won't rot.
1 - 12 of 12 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top