05-06-2009, 09:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Jolly Jerry
Do you plant them like a regular dirt plant ? Cover the root system with my gravel
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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.