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post #1 of 6 Old 09-27-2011, 02:03 PM Thread Starter
How to plant java fern

Can I get away with burying just the roots of a java fern plant and not burying the rhizome? I'm havving trouble keeping it attached to anything, I think my fish are gnawing at the thread, or playing with it because it always breaks after a day or two. But the roots have grown enough that I could bury them and keep the plant on the substrate. Is this acceptable, or will the roots die? Thanks!
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post #2 of 6 Old 09-27-2011, 02:07 PM
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I've never tried to bury any part of the fern so can't speak to that but wanted to say that I use fishing line (not thread) to attach my java fern. IME fishing line works much better than thread.
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post #3 of 6 Old 09-27-2011, 03:38 PM
i planted a few, just the roots and not very deep. after a while they attached to my substrate (i use gravel, which probably matters here) and the original two will never float away again :) they cling to the gravel pretty well.

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post #4 of 6 Old 09-27-2011, 04:32 PM
For java fern, your not supposed to bury the rhizome. In my experience, burying the rhizome will cause the rhizome to weaken and sometimes break or rot. Its definitely ok to just bury the roots.
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post #5 of 6 Old 09-27-2011, 07:17 PM
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Agree with others. It's the rhizome (the thick stem/root from which the leaves and other roots grow) that shouldn't be buried or it might rot. The true roots themselves can be, and will pull themselves into the substrate normally if they are close enough.

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post #6 of 6 Old 09-27-2011, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
Thanks everyone. That is exactly the answer I was hoping for. I knew not to plant it into the gravel like other plants because the rhizome needs to be exposed, but I wasn't sure about the roots. So far, it's staying put and I don't have to stick my arm in the bottom of the tank every other day to fish out the rock and re-tie it! Yahoo!
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