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Holy Samosa
12-05-2009, 03:26 PM
Just wondering if this plant is still readily available now that it's been classified as a noxious weed. This is the one stem plan to survive years of neglect in my planted tank and I'm wondering it I should try to salvage a little just to keep it available.

I think it's a great looking stem, plus it has the resilience of kudzu (and growth too!).

Jeremy

Chris Noto
12-06-2009, 05:09 PM
Jeremy, I'd love to participate in your new Invasive Species Maintenance Program by taking some of that excess H. polysperma off your hands. The last time I had any was when I was keeping a 29 gallon tank, in the Chattanooga area, back toward the end of the previous century (I love to say that!), before it was banned from interstate transport as an unwanted alien.
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Regardless of its legal status, I always loved the way it responded to pruning.

All the best,
Chris Noto

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kwseiders
12-06-2009, 06:31 PM
OK, inquiring minds now want to know:


I always loved the way it responded to pruning.
How did you prune them? And what response did you get that you considered advantageous? And what did the final result look like? (I am thinking I can pick up a pruning tip about plants.) It appears a little discussed topic is how to prune the different types of plants, as they all respond differently. So share your great wisdom with us, oh Perpetrator of Prosecutable Pursuits.

Chris Noto
12-08-2009, 10:03 AM
OK, inquiring minds now want to know:
Hey, man, that's my line! ;) (Oh, all right. Actually, it's the National Enquirer (http://www.nationalenquirer.com/)'s line.)


How did you prune them?
1. Chop 'em down. Cut, with very sharp scissors or blade, just above a leaf node, at a point down pretty low on the plant, but where there's still some pretty good "leafage" on the stem below.
2. Wait for regrowth.
3. Repeat, but this time cut just above where the branching stimulated by your previous pruning occurred.
4. Do it again, as often, and as many times as seems appropriate.

Eventually you'll have some really woody stumps at the bottom, and, with some species, adventitious roots will begin to grow from just below a leaf node well above the gravel, reaching down toward the substrate. I've usually "dug up" and replanted with tip shoots after a while.


And what response did you get that you considered advantageous? And what did the final result look like? (I am thinking I can pick up a pruning tip about plants.)
Every species of Hygrophila that I've grown has responded to this kind of pruning with pretty abundant branching, which produces a nice bushy growth that looks pretty good to me. The growth becomes more dense than the same plant would be if left unpruned, and all else being left relatively equal.


It appears a little discussed topic is how to prune the different types of plants, as they all respond differently.
There is a good post, here at Aquatic Plant Central (http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/forumapc/general-aquarium-plants-discussions/57960-pruning-timeline.html), by Ghazanfar Ghori, that describes, and illustrates, with photos, this technique, and its results, very well.


So share your great wisdom with us,
Oh, boy, now the floodgates are open!


oh Perpetrator of Prosecutable Pursuits
Uh, oh. Time to take the fifth. And that would be the Fifth Amendment, gentlemen, not a fifth of whiskey.

I'm heading out of town for a couple of days, so I may be Away From this Keyboard (AFK, in Netspeak.) until Friday or Saturday.
See ya'll later!

All the best,
Chris Noto
(aka Chris Noto)
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Holy Samosa
01-02-2010, 09:41 AM
Hey Chris!

I now have some free time to get back on the forums now that I have my new tank setup and the holidays behind me. (I'll try to post an update on the tank later today).

The few tiny scraps of H. Polysperma I put into the new tank have exploded, far outpacing the other stems. If you're going to the meeting tomorrow, I'll be happy to bring a few stems.

Jeremy

Chris Noto
01-02-2010, 04:56 PM
Please! I'd love whatever you can bring. I'd been thinking about it, off and on, since our conversation at the last meeting, but never did anything about asking you. Thanks a million.

All the best,
Chris.