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re: moving plants


>To: Aquatic-Plants at actwin_com
>Subject: Re: moving plants
>Date: Tue, 02 Sep 1997 16:22:02 -0600
>From: George Booth <booth at hpmtlgb1_lvld.hp.com>
>> Date: Tue, 2 Sep 1997 15:00:26 -0400 (EDT)
>> From: BErney1014 at aol_com
>> I am planning to move a shallow tanks' contents to a deeper tank. (40
>> -> 65) I have witheld all fertilizer hoping to make the plants hungry
>> for a quick restart. 
>That's the opposite of what you should have done! The new tank will be
>unstable at first and may not have the proper nutrients available.
>For best results, the new plants should be healthy and growing
>strongly.  By withholding the fertilizer, you are forcing the plants
>to use up stored nutirents which are needed to get them "over the
>hump" in the new tank. 

>> Should I prune the plants and roots while moving?
>Pruning the roots is a good idea to make planting easier.  If the
>leaves are not too long, leave them alone for awhile. Let them get
>settled in before you whack them.