08-05-2012, 08:43 PM
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heehee, this is an easy one! It doesn't matter WHAT you do to Anacharis, it'll pretty much deal with it. I've accidentally broken very small segments off of stems before and just left them alone until they grew another shoot :) They have to be REALLY dead not to be alive (if they're in the right conditions)
Its worth keeping in mind that the stem where you make the cut on the plant won't just continue to grow up from that point. That tip is dead, and it will sent out a new shoot (or several) from wherever on the stem it feels like it should. You can prune it in different ways - or float it- to get the look that you want.
People do recommend that you trim off the leaves where you put the new end into the substrate, as far as I can tell this is simply because they'll rot and we all know dead things in tanks are no good. In my experience, the entire end that you put into the substrate is going to rot anyway, and the roots usually form just above it. You could lay it flat and weight it down, it will send down roots and up shoots all along the stem. . . I've never done it this way, but keeping it weighted without burying it is what you'd want to do, the stem needs to see the light to grow. I'm not sure about this, but if I were going to try to grow it this way, I'd leave the leaves on it - at least on the top. I think it would regrow, either way, but I'm not sure why would it be necessary to kill the leaves that would continue to get light.
Any way you slice it, Anacharis is a fun and easy little plant!
Last edited by Chesh; 08-05-2012 at 08:49 PM..