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Backer 09-28-2010 05:24 PM

Beginner with plants has a simple question
 
Hey guys, I'm kind of new at the whole plant thing and this will probably be a stupid question but I bought a potted plant today, which I've never had before (hemianthus callitrichoides I believe) (grass like) and in the pot is like a spongy thing wrapped around everything. Do i need to take this off?? or do i plant it with it on?

Thanks for the Help.

Backer

SinCrisis 09-28-2010 05:27 PM

Yes. it is a type of wool and is not required for planting. You should try to get as much of it off as possible, but if there are some tiny bits left on it you dont need to kill yourself trying to get every last fiber out.

Backer 09-28-2010 05:41 PM

thanks, helps a tonne. I left a fair bit on because there is no way that plant has enough weight to root itself without it. So i trimmed as much as I possibly could without cutting any of the tiny roots. Here's hoping it grows all over an looks like grass :-D

Thanks again.

Backer

Angel079 09-28-2010 06:10 PM

That wool stuff once you have the major part off...Smaller pieces left come off quite easy if you take a lil bowl of water and put it in there and rub it between your fingers. That way you compleatly expose the roots which is ideal for planting.

fishkid 09-29-2010 06:33 AM

HC can be a pain to plant. You should separate the mat into small sections and plant those spread out using tweezers.

Backer 09-29-2010 03:51 PM

Would it be best if I kind of broke it all apart as best I can and plant it all spread out so it grows all around/spreads? (i'm still gonna leave a little wool on, planting with tweasers will not be fun lol)

Thanks,

Backer

wavebeast 09-29-2010 04:30 PM

Planting with tweezers is a pain but if you have a chair to sit on and time on your hands, it's not so bad. I take all the rock wool off of all of my plants as mentioned above, in a container of conditioned water. Comes off easier.

I spread my Micro Sword out and didn't plant it in groups. I think as long as the plant can get nutrients and the right amount of light and it isn't stangling itself, it'll spread.

Backer 09-29-2010 04:34 PM

yeah I think I might try that, for now I'm going to leave it as i have it ( all in one bunch with a little wool on it for weight) and just let the roots get a little longer then I'll attempt to do as you said.

Thanks, helps a bunch

Backer


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