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I've got a whole bushel of stem plants and there is no possible way I'm gonna plant 100+ stems, so is it okay I use the metal band weight they came with?
 

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I've found that if you bundle too many together with those weights you bring on rot at that spot. I think they do much better if planted individually.
 

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I usually always plant three stems together. That would cut your planting activities down to having to plant 34 plant bunches. Much better than 100.
 

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As others have said, omit the weights but plant the stems in small clumps. How many to a clump depends on the plant. Bocapa will be fine with 3 to 10 in a clump. Anachris will start to rot in the substrate if you plant 10 in a clump.
 
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