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Re: Stem Plants

Karen wrote:

> Over and over I hear the advice to strip the bottom leaves off of stem
> plants before planting so that they don't rot in the substrate.  Many
> years ago, in a desperate attempt to keep freshly cut stems down in
> the substrae, I started leaving those bottom leaves on to act as an
> anchor.

Karla religiously removes the bottom leaves before planting to avoid
adding nutrients to the substrate ("rotting" :-).  When I go around
the next day to replant all the stems that came up, I pinch off the
stripped stem and plant the two lowest leaves.