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ZivaD 03-15-2013 07:13 PM

Planting corkscrew val
What is the right way to plant corkscrew val? I picked up a nice batch off Aquabid and I don't want to screw it up by planting it wrong.

ladayen 03-16-2013 02:36 AM

Pretty easy, just protect the roots while digging a hole in the substrate then bury the roots. Depending on how developed the roots are you might just be able to gently pinch them and just lead the way with your fingers. If the root system is more developed you might have to make a cone shape with your hand.

JDM 03-16-2013 01:51 PM

Don't plant them too deep, just deep enough for the roots to be covered. The stem part can rot if it is buried too far.


ZivaD 03-16-2013 03:57 PM

Thank you!

equatics 03-18-2013 06:26 AM

I was just thinking that you shouldn't bury the crown (base of new leaves) - just the roots, so the val doesn't have any problem putting up new leaves.

fish monger 03-18-2013 07:00 AM

Ditto for the planting method. I, personally, never had good luck with vals until I switched to sand.

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