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jfengler 04-23-2012 05:15 AM

potting plants
 
theres somthing i always wanted to know how to do but never got around to doing
how do I pot my plants I have a few plants I purchased that are already potted, now I want the rest potted to give a greater look

redchigh 04-23-2012 10:51 AM

If you want to pot the rooted plants, I'd use little clay pots, and a gravel/soil mixture topped with gravel. Stem plants could go in a pot with plain gravel (or a lot less soil, anyways)

I think the little plastic pots with the grey wadding (it's called rockwool by the way. used in hydroponics) are pretty ugly.

Byron 04-23-2012 12:34 PM

No mention is made of the plant species, but for those with extensive root systems like Echinodorus, Cryptocoryne, Aponogeton etc. you need good sized pots. The roots should be able to spread. A large sword (Echinodorus) for example can develop roots extending for 5-6 inches in all directions fro the plant crown, and down to the tank bottom in 4 inches of substrate.

jfengler 04-23-2012 09:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Byron (Post 1056605)
No mention is made of the plant species, but for those with extensive root systems like Echinodorus, Cryptocoryne, Aponogeton etc. you need good sized pots. The roots should be able to spread. A large sword (Echinodorus) for example can develop roots extending for 5-6 inches in all directions fro the plant crown, and down to the tank bottom in 4 inches of substrate.

byron for now its for a banana lilly, very small, i just hate the look that roots give

redchigh 04-24-2012 01:41 PM

Ah, that would probably do well in a 2 inch clay pot. Just don't bury any of the 'bananas', or the whole plant will rot.

wacky 04-24-2012 04:18 PM

redchigh what part of Alabama are you from?

jfengler 04-24-2012 07:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by redchigh (Post 1057947)
Ah, that would probably do well in a 2 inch clay pot. Just don't bury any of the 'bananas', or the whole plant will rot.

yes i have the clay pots


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