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KSASTER2 03-11-2010 03:35 PM

New growth... What do i do?
 
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Ok so I have root growing out of stem of plant. It's about 4" above the ground to I let it grow down or do i clip the stem above it an re plant. Tank is only 4 weeks old and stuff is growin this is cool!

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Byron 03-11-2010 04:07 PM

Most stem plants will develop roots along the stem. When the top of the stem reaches the surface, it is usual to pull it up and cut off the top at any point and stick the cut end back in the gravel (discarding the bottom end); the "new" stem will continue to grow up until it again reaches the surface and you repeat the process. Stem plants are normally fast growing plants and it takes this type of regular pruning to keep them within reason.

You can allow it to continue to grow along the surface but this ussually causes the lower leaves on the stem to die off leaving bare stems; keeping it trimmed no higher than the surface can often keep the entire stem looking better.

Byron.

LisaC144 03-12-2010 10:54 AM

Byron, when you cut it, do you have to make sure you cut it right below the new roots? You can't just cut where ever you want the height to be and replant it, right? It won't root that way....?

KSASTER2 03-12-2010 11:08 AM

yeh I'm not sure either to I cut it below where that new root is forming? And when i mentioned 4" from the surface, I ment the root is 4" from the surface of the substrate.

Promelas 03-12-2010 11:52 AM

Most stem plants should grow roots after you cut them. I generally make a cutting just above a node and then remove the first pair of leaves and new roots will grow out from that node. So you should really be able to cut it to whatever height you'd like without harming the plant.

fryup 03-12-2010 12:29 PM

yep thats a root.....under water plant can develop stems that arnt in the gravel/soil because where a land plant draws minerals from the soil a under water plant draws it just from the water so its just normal......there will be a lot more of these grow as the plant grows :):):)

redchigh 03-12-2010 04:30 PM

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Originally Posted by fryup (Post 342984)
yep thats a root.....under water plant can develop stems that arnt in the gravel/soil because where a land plant draws minerals from the soil a under water plant draws it just from the water so its just normal......there will be a lot more of these grow as the plant grows :):):)

My ludwigea does that. I cut them just under a node and plant them in the gravel, but I leave the bottom in place. New shoots grow from the tip.

Byron 03-13-2010 10:44 AM

The question has already been answered, but just so you know I agree, you can cut a stem plant anywhere (as long as there are a few nodes and leaves on the piece you intend to plant), remove the bottom couple of leves and stick the cut end in the substrate and it will root.


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