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Old 16-09-2003, 01:45 AM
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Well, I guess today is the day for me to be longwinded, as I've done all
day, and it doesn't seem to be anywhere near stopping, I'll get straight to
the point....

I've got 2 anubias, nana and barteri, and they are both being uprooted so
often, that they are looking rather ragged. They are both of larger size,
healthy and growing daily, but are also shooting out structures at the
bottom at a tremendous speed. My overgrown lazy lawn mower, uproots them
atleast once a day, along with my swords... well... basically all the
plants, unless you line the glass with them.... but they STILL find their
way to the top of the water....sigh

How can or how do I trim some massively overgrown roots, without damaging or
'stunning' the plant too bad? What can I do to maybe propogate it or cut it
at a point?

I can provide pics, but right now, Elink upgraded their news service, and
the binaries group is not available to me, so I'll go take the pics, just
sent Elink a note about the group, so we'll see ya tomorrow...

If I can split these I'd be tickled, Jaws won't like it, but I'm flirting
with taking terracotta pots, breaking them and 'putting them together' to
form football shaped, or L shaped 'pots', so to speak... we'll see...

Any help would be highly appreciated... Opinions are great that way...



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Old 16-09-2003, 12:04 PM
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"RedForeman " wrote in message news:R0s9b.16135
How can or how do I trim some massively overgrown roots, without damaging

or
'stunning' the plant too bad? What can I do to maybe propogate it or cut

it
at a point?



You'd be surprised how much pruning a plant can tolerate.
Just use clean sharp scissors or knife that won't smish the tissue.
First trim off any brown or mushy roots. If you plan to split one into two
or more plants hold off any additional trimming until you've determined
where your cuts are going to be.
In looking at the rhizome you can see plants growing up and roots growing
down- you'll be cutting the rhizome between any of the growth. Make sure
that each piece of rhizome you cut has both leaves and roots to sustain
itself- at least two leaves for each piece IMO. If the roots that are left
after that are too much of a mess you can trim them off to about 1"- really.
I regularly trim anubias roots like this to stuff them into a driftwood
crannie.

Have you considered finding a couple of small pieces of driftwood or rocks?
Just tie the plants to them with fishing line or thread or even rubber bands
and let 'em sink. The plants will thrive and not suffer from constant
uprooting, and you'll be spared the chore of replanting constantly.

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Toni
http://www.cearbhaill.com/aquarium.htm


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Old 16-09-2003, 03:22 PM
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How can or how do I trim some massively overgrown roots, without
damaging
or
'stunning' the plant too bad? What can I do to maybe propogate it or cut

it
at a point?

You'd be surprised how much pruning a plant can tolerate.
Just use clean sharp scissors or knife that won't smish the tissue.
First trim off any brown or mushy roots. If you plan to split one into two
or more plants hold off any additional trimming until you've determined
where your cuts are going to be.
In looking at the rhizome you can see plants growing up and roots growing
down- you'll be cutting the rhizome between any of the growth. Make sure
that each piece of rhizome you cut has both leaves and roots to sustain
itself- at least two leaves for each piece IMO. If the roots that are left
after that are too much of a mess you can trim them off to about 1"-

really.
I regularly trim anubias roots like this to stuff them into a driftwood
crannie.

Have you considered finding a couple of small pieces of driftwood or

rocks?
Just tie the plants to them with fishing line or thread or even rubber

bands
and let 'em sink. The plants will thrive and not suffer from constant
uprooting, and you'll be spared the chore of replanting constantly.

--
Toni
http://www.cearbhaill.com/aquarium.htm



Thanks Toni, I'll look at it and see if it CAN be split, but I surely need
to trim it... :-)




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