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Re: Hydrocotyle Leucopetala

On Fri, 29 Jan 1999, Duane wrote:

> Date: Thu, 28 Jan 1999 20:31:59 EST
> From: AquaServe at aol_com
> Subject: Hydrocotyle Leucopetala
> My Hydrocotyle is a new addition to my tank.  I notice that it has roots
> growing from almost every joint.  Is this normal?  If not, please
> explain...heck, please explain if it is normal :)   Thanks!

I think it's normal.  It allows the plant to grow supine, rooted at each
node.  That is probably it's natural state when emersed, growing in
shallow water or in a current.

I grow mine laying down.

That brings up a related issue.  Hydrocotyle grows fast.  In my tank were
I grow it laying down the stems quickly mount on each other and the mat
gets thicker and thicker.  Eventually it's too thick to call ground cover
and I have to thin the mat somehow.  I imagine that glossostigma, h.
difformis and a few other fast growing plants that can be grown
horizontally for ground cover have the same problem.  This is different
from the problem of the stems trying to grow vertically.  How do y'all
prune the plants to keep the stems from piling up too deeply?

Roger Miller