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Old 20-04-2003, 07:14 AM
redled
 
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Default Stem plant...Question for the Pros?

On some stem plants, especially nesaea crassicaulis, which is a big red-leaved
stem plant, I have noticed that when I plant a big cutting, like one that you
would buy from the LFS, I get root hairs all over the place and it looks very
messy. However, when I replant a very small cutting from my own plant and let
it grow from practically nothing it does not ever develop root hairs above the
substrate. I'm not sure why this is, and IME it only works for thick-stemmed
plants. I have a lily that always grows tons of root hairs.

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Tasslehoff wrote ...

they looked great when I mail ordered them...


I've wondered about this before. WHY don't "new" wholesaler plants ever
seem to have node-roots? Is it just because they're tip cuttings off
enormous mother plants?

Just idly curious,
kush

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Old 20-04-2003, 07:15 AM
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kush wrote:

Tasslehoff wrote ...
they looked great when I mail ordered them...


I've wondered about this before. WHY don't "new" wholesaler plants ever
seem to have node-roots?


Because that's how we cut them when we sold them to your supplier. By
cutting right below each extruding root, we can harvest 3-6 saleable
cuttings off each our huge stem plants, occasionally as many as 10 in the
case of my heavily overgrown Rotala.

I may not be selling to your supplier, but I have sold to 2 LFS and one
mail-order guy. I imagine that other growers do the same thing.

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Old 20-04-2003, 07:15 AM
Bruce Geist
 
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Default Stem plant...Question for the Pros?

IME, on some stem plants like Ludwiga for example, if I burry the base of
the plant, roots tend to concentrate near the substrate rather than all over
the plant. Works also for Rotala to some extent.

Mostly though, stem plants entail a lot of maintainence-- when the plants
get over grown or unsightly, I cut the (typically rootless) tops off and
replant. I frequently disponse of the bottom half of the plant.

-Bruce Geist
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kush wrote:

Tasslehoff wrote ...
they looked great when I mail ordered them...


I've wondered about this before. WHY don't "new" wholesaler plants ever
seem to have node-roots?


Because that's how we cut them when we sold them to your supplier. By
cutting right below each extruding root, we can harvest 3-6 saleable
cuttings off each our huge stem plants, occasionally as many as 10 in the
case of my heavily overgrown Rotala.

I may not be selling to your supplier, but I have sold to 2 LFS and one
mail-order guy. I imagine that other growers do the same thing.





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