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Planting stem plants
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Joined: 07 Feb 2003
Location: Ontario, Canada

PostPosted: 2003.09.15(Mon)10:52    Post subject: Reply with quote

All the advice to date has been applicable to newly purchased stem plants that haven't had a chance to root...
If you choose a location in the tank that is not appropriate for the species, too close to the edge of the tank can mean the plant is not getting enough light despite their being say 2w per gallon. In this case the part of the stem placed in the substrate will rot and the plant will float up. If the plant gets shorter and shorter each day you try to replant then you may need to try and solve whatever issue is really at fault.

If the stem has not taken root in 5 days, move the plant to another spot, especially more to the centre of the tank...
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Joined: 28 May 2003

PostPosted: 2003.09.15(Mon)15:04    Post subject: Reply with quote

to plant stem plants here's what I do.

-remove the weight.
- seperate the bunch into individual stems
-cut off about an inch so you're working with fresh stems
- strip of the lower leaves
-use a pair of tweesers (blunt tips) and grasp the stem
-instert the stem deep into the gravel with tweezers
-unclasp tweezers and gently remove
-peak gravel around stem a bit with you finger

... works the majority of the time. I think the key to getting plants to root is making sure the stem section in the gravel is healthy.
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