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pretzelsz 01-29-2010 03:23 PM

Potted plants?
I was looking on a sight and it says a plant then the same plant below and it says (plant name) pot. What does it mean? should i buy it like i buy normal plants? what does it do? make a sticky on what it means if someone that can sees this so other people know too.

stephanieleah 01-29-2010 03:25 PM

Some of them just mean that they will come in a pot to be removed when it's time to plant. Some are planted with foam or gel that has to be removed before adding to your aquarium. I believe some can be kept in pots longer, but I haven't purchased any like that before.

Angel079 01-29-2010 04:27 PM

Its sorta like the gardening section; some plants are in pots and other eg Roses you can buy fresh cut.
Same with the fish plants; some come bunched up with a metal clip (Stem plants) and other in pots. Either case all this stuff, metal, plastic pots, foams etc gotta be fully removed before planting.

pretzelsz 01-29-2010 04:28 PM

ok so it doesn't matter at all? might buy some online if i cant get out this weekend

Angel079 01-29-2010 05:33 PM

Nop sure does not; often one and the same plant, one potted one not...the potted one is just more expensive, that's the biggest difference.
And heavy root feeders like Swords often ONLY come in pots; or real fragile plants like Dwarf Hairgrass or dwarf baby tears.

Byron 01-29-2010 05:33 PM


Originally Posted by pretzelsz (Post 315428)
ok so it doesn't matter at all? might buy some online if i cant get out this weekend

I certainly agree with Stephanie and Angel, but can you give me (us) the link to this? Just being cautious... Byron.

pretzelsz 01-29-2010 05:50 PM

just the recommended site Sweet Aquatics

Angel079 01-29-2010 05:57 PM

That's the same site I get all my plants from (awesome quality and free shipping). And lemme tell ya when they send you eg. a potted Amazon Sword....boy do these have root systems from hell already :-)
I pers love that site and quit buying anywhere else :-)

pretzelsz 01-29-2010 06:18 PM

so order from them?

Byron 01-29-2010 06:26 PM

If Angel recommends them, go for it.

On the difference, that is quite interesting. Here in Vancouver the potted plants are much more expensive than the non-potted. For instance, the common sword Echinodorus bleheri will sell for anywhere from $9 to $18 if potted (depending upon the store). Bought tied together (the non-potted), I can get them for $5 and there will be 2 plants tied together. These will be very small, and obviously less root systems, but most of the plants in my 115g in the photos are these non-potted plants.

The potted in the photos on that site indicate what Angel said, the potted will be larger with better root systems, so given the same cost, I would go for the potted. However, they will likely be single plants, and the tied ones might be two plants.

I think a couple of the local stores here get plants from those people, the name is familiar. I may have their plants in my tanks, some of them anyway.


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