Getting your plants ready for working on – here’s how

Here’s how to get your plants ready properly: Cut off the rock wool around the plant roots (here Hemianthus calithrichoides var. cuba) with a strong pair of scissors ( JBL ProScape Tool S straight ). Use the scissors to cut into the root area from below in a cross-cross shape. You can now “unhook” the plant from the rock wool using the tips of the scissors or pincers. Use slender pincers ( ProScape Tool P slim line ) to pull the rock wool remains from the water trumpet (cryptocorynes) roots. Rinse out any remaining traces of the rock wool thoroughly. It is important to remove the rock wool completely because it is saturated in fertilizer, which could lead to algae problems. With IN-VITRO plants, such as the Eleocharis sp. Mini here (kept wet in containers with culture growth medium), please remove the transparent culture medium as thoroughly as possible. Please also squeeze and rinse these roots after you have removed them with the pincers. Pull apart the single plants.

Don’t forget to spray the plants with water regularly! This will prevent the plants from drying out. Be radical and cut off all the leaves from many plants, such as the cryptocorynes! Every last leaf! The leaves often die after planting anyway and start to pollute the water. It is better to remove them beforehand.

© 28.08.2016
Matthias Wiesensee
Matthias Wiesensee
M.Sc. Wirtschaftsinformatik
JBL GmbH & Co. KG

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