I bought a Red tiger lotus from an aquarium store (it had already sprouted and hard multiple stems and leaves, it also had the bulb still attached; tho there was a part of the plant that broke away from the bulb part) and I needed some advice on how to plant it because I want to know if I planted it correctly.
The first thing I wanted to know was if it was possible to just plant it in gravel substrate and supplement it with root tabs once in a while? I was thinking probably 1 root tab per plant (because I also planted the part that broke off from the bulb)
The second thing was how to plant it. I am literally scared to just insert it too roughly/forcefully into the gravel because I don't want it to die in the process. I just dug a hole and tried covering the roots with gravel so they would stay pinned to the bottom of my tank. This method mainly worked on the part that broke from the bulb, but I have quite some trouble with the plant that still has the bulb attached. I don't want to break the bulb, but if I don't use some pressure, the entire plant just floats so..... For now, the plant is anchored but also because the bulb part is half buried in the gravel and I wanted to know if I could just leave it like that?