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post #1 of 8 Old 05-05-2009, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
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I bought some plants today. My question is: Do I take the plants out of the pots or place them in like they are. I have a gravel bottom bought from the local fish store ?

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post #2 of 8 Old 05-05-2009, 08:40 PM
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I always remove the plastic pots. The wooly-sort of material around the roots can basically be left, the roots will grow through it, although i usually very carefully remove some of it--but be careful not to damage the roots. Some people do plant the pot and all, but I've never seen any reason to have plastic pots buried in the substrate. Never lost any of my dozens of plants by removing the pots and some of the stuff.

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post #3 of 8 Old 05-05-2009, 08:48 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for your quick response. They will be in the water shortly.

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post #4 of 8 Old 05-05-2009, 09:22 PM Thread Starter
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Do you plant them like a regular dirt plant ? Cover the root system with my gravel I will wait on your reply

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post #5 of 8 Old 05-06-2009, 10:04 AM
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Yes, cover the roots. Be careful not to push the roots into the gravel. Rather make a hole, put the plant in and cover the roots carefully.
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post #6 of 8 Old 05-06-2009, 10:14 AM
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Do you plant them like a regular dirt plant ? Cover the root system with my gravel I will wait on your reply

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Yes Jerry, it's very similar to dirt plants in the garden. Once you've carefully removed the pot, use your fingers to make a depression in the gravel larger than the size of the rootball, set the rootball in, and push the gravel back around it. Make sure all the roots are covered, although if the plant has developed a lot of roots some of the fine hair roots might end up poking out of the gravel--that's not a problem, as long as the majority is buried to hold the plant down well. The crown of the plan, the white point from which the leaf stems will arise in a clump, must not be buried. As in land plants, if the crown gets covered the leaves may rot off (recently had this happen to a sword I moved). If you plant the roots deeper and cover them, you can then gently lift the plant up slowly to expose the crown.

One other thing, you can remove prior to planting any leaves that are obviously dying. If they have largish patches of brown or that cellophane look, they are best removed as in my experience they always die off quickly and it's easier to remove them before planting. I just gently pull them downwards at the base of the stem and they separate from the crown easily; if that area is brown on the leaf, it is definitely a dying leaf. The crown and roots should be white. Some aquarists also suggest removing browning roots if there are any, but I never bother with this. A plant that has good roots can quickly start growing with only a leaf or two, so don't be afraid of removing dying leaves even if some of the leaf is still green.

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post #7 of 8 Old 05-06-2009, 11:56 AM Thread Starter
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Ok Guys, Thank you very much

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post #8 of 8 Old 05-07-2009, 01:03 AM
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You can do it really as you wish, but I take mine out in my fresh water tank, and kinda break the break the bottoms a little to seperate the roots and dig a small hole and completely cover the roots with the gravel!

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