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Re: Stem Plants

I too leave the top node of the "rooting nodes" of stem plants leaves for
the exact reason you have and have seen no adverse effects. I haven't left
too many leaves down there though so maybe the "adverse effects" may be
limited. One thing I have noticed is that with no leaves or other anchoring
factor, the stem plants I have tried have taken much longer to develop
roots. This is probably as you say, due to the attention it gets getting
re-stuck into the gravel over and over again. :)


> Subject:Stem Plants 
> In the spirit of questioning "truisms" int the planted tank, here's one
> you.  Over and over I hear the advice to strip the bottom leaves off of
> stem plants befor 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.
> I'm sure it's true that these leaves eventually rot away, but by then the
> stem has developed some roots, and can stay down in the substrate on its
> own.  I have never seen any adverse effects to the plants.  If anything,
> they do better because they stay put so I don't have to mess with them
> and over again.  I _do_ remove any damaged or rotting areas on the stems
> before planting.  Has any one had any problems leaving leaves on the
> part of a stem that could really be attributed to this and not some
> unthriftiness?  
> Karen Randall