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Stem plant propogation
I like the look of a stem plant already grown to plant, lots of green and all, but here's an optional way to get a great start. Seeing as this one, Dwarf Hygrophilia, seems to grow 6 inches a week starting them like this can turn a $5 stem bunch into an army of green in no time flat. I'm only playing with one piece as I don't really need more than I have but I thought it might be interesting to have a completely grown in my tank stem.
This is the baby stem of Dwarf Hygrophilia and is about one day old, maybe two. I am just leaving it float until it gets about three nodes on it, otherwise it will be too shaded with the rest. I'm not certain how far apart the nodes may be with brand new growth at this stage though. If the growth is different enough from the original LFS growth stems then I may propagate it separately and replace the old stems with new.
what is classified as a stem plant?
Hard to explain, sort of. It's easier if you look at pictures.
Look in the fish profiles, and check out the pictures.
Stem grow leaves from the stem with fairly regular spacing and at each point or node that the leaves sprout from the stem can/will also grow roots. Sometimes the roots grow in normal growth, sometimes only when the lower stem has been cut and roots are "forced" to grow in order to fix itself to the substrate. dwarf hygrophila is a good example.
There are others that appear to be a mix of the two that are better to grow from rocks, wood or at least not in the substrate and not left floating.... although they would do fine floating. java fern ... although not much for floating it can't be just planted.
Click on the grey type to take you to the profile... as long as I spelled all these correctly.
Baby Dwarf Hygrophila day six.
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