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Alternanthera Ficoidea (Temple Plant) Root Issues??

Discussion in 'Planted Chit Chat' started by andy36yr19, Nov 26, 2018.

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    andy36yr19 New Member

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    I recently bought an Alternanthera Ficodiea from Petco and I bought it with very few shooting roots. Now it is covered with them and I wanted to know if this is normal and how to trim them if possible.

     

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    Yes it's normal.

    Don't touch the roots, just leave it alone.

    When the plant is 12 inches long (or more) you can take cuttings about 6 inches long and plant them in the gravel. Use a sharp pr of scissors and cut the stem about 10mm under one of the nodes (where the leaves come out of the stem). Then dig a hole in the substrate and put the bottom of the cutting in and cover it up with gravel.
     
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    Mine is 7.5 inches can I trim now??
     
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    No. Wait until it is at least 12 inches long. You want the cuttings to be about 6 inches and you need to leave at least half the plant behind after taking the cutting. If you cut too much off the original plant, it can die.
     
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    Ok thank you. Can you tell me the name when it roots like that?
     

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