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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 7:49 am Post subject: Roots Above The Gravel.... Reply with quote

 Hello,
 
 Today  I  saw  some  of  the  roots  of  my  Radican  Sword  were  above  the  gravel  level.  I  just  dont  understand  how  they  grew  in  this  direction.  And  now  they  are  quite  long  in  size  ..say  nearly  6  inch  and  some  are  more  than  1feet  long.  What  i  need  to  do?  
 
 Just  cut  the  roots  above  gravel?
 Pick  the  whole  plant  out  and  replant  again?(in  this  case  how  can  i  manage  to  keep  these  long  roots  below  gravel  level  ?)  
 
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 9:38 am Post subject: Re: Roots Above The Gravel.... Reply with quote

 Did  you  take  out  this  plant  and  replanted  it.
 You  can  trim  the  roots,  these  plants  grow  pretty  big  and  their  roots  are  very  long,  if  the  substrate  is  not  deep  enough,  they  might  show  on  surface.
 However  it  usually  happens  on  replanting  if  roots  are  not  trimmed.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 9:44 am Post subject: Re: Roots Above The Gravel.... Reply with quote

 replant  it


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 10:02 am Post subject: Re: Roots Above The Gravel.... Reply with quote

 Thank  You  Sandeep.  Actually  My  Gravel  Bace  is  quite  enough  i  guess..  3  layered  Laterite(not  too  fine)   then  Laterite  (Fine)+  River  Sand  And  Again  River  Sand  On  Top..its  really  making4-5  inch.
 
 From  Where  do  you  recommend  to  trim  these  roots?  near  gravel?  or  should  i  uproot  the  plant  completely  and  try  forcing  the  roots  inside..?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 10:04 am Post subject: Re: Roots Above The Gravel.... Reply with quote

 How  deep  is  your  substrate?  For  heavy  rooting  plants  you  need  a  thick  layer  of  substrate  (say  4  inches  is  very  good).  It  doesnt  matter  if  you  trim  them  off.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 10:23 am Post subject: Re: Roots Above The Gravel.... Reply with quote

 @Shreyas  
 
 As  i  said  above..i  have  gravel  level  of  nearly  4-5  inch..  
 Besides  looking  Ugly..currently  will  they  cause  any  other  problem  /  damage?  I  dont  have  any  other  plant  in  this  tank..  
 This  is  currently  a  Fish  less  tank..
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 11:19 am Post subject: Re: Roots Above The Gravel.... Reply with quote

 Niranjan
 try  garden  soil  also  ..
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 11:21 am Post subject: Re: Roots Above The Gravel.... Reply with quote

 No  problem...  just  plain  ugly...
 
 Cut  them  off,  ugly  will  also  vanish
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 12:06 pm Post subject: Re: Roots Above The Gravel.... Reply with quote

 As  others  are  saying,  cut  the  root  at  the  gravel.
 If  you  uproot  the  whole  thing,  you  can  also  trim  the  roots  and  then  plant.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 12:25 pm Post subject: Re: Roots Above The Gravel.... Reply with quote

 Thank  you  Sandeep.
 I  will  go  with  the  second  option..
 One  small  query..what  lenght  should  i  maintain  while  trimming  the  roots  before  replanting?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 1:44 pm Post subject: Re: Roots Above The Gravel.... Reply with quote

 I  cut  the  roots  very  close  to  the  stem/rhizome/bulb/stalk  havent  had  any  issues  :)
 
 Must  be  fine  with  yours  too,  most  of  swords  are  pretty  hardy  they  recover  pretty  soon.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 2:27 pm Post subject: Re: Roots Above The Gravel.... Reply with quote

 I  suggest,  if  possible,  press  the  roots  in  the  soil  very  gently  with  a  thin  wooden  stick.  you  need  not  press  them  to  get  embeded  verticaly,  you  can  embed  the  roots  horizontaly  also  in  the  soil.  more  roots  give  more  leaf...  Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 2:38 pm Post subject: Re: Roots Above The Gravel.... Reply with quote

 Thank  you  Sai,  thanx  Garothmaan
 
 Will  try  both  ways  then.  Will  uproot  and  trim  and  replant  some..and  will  try  to  press  roots  for  some..
 
 thank  you  once  again..
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 2:47 pm Post subject: Re: Roots Above The Gravel.... Reply with quote

 Just  don't  cut  too  much  of  root  system,  trim  all  long  trailing  roots,  I  normally  leave  about  2  ".
 Amazons  have  a  tendency  of  growing  too  large  for  many  aquariums,  it  is  often  suggested,  that  after  a  period  of  time  one  should  take  out  the  whole  plant,  trim  the  roots  and  replant  it.
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