September 1st, 2005
For this demonstration I have chosen to use Marselia sp. which is similar to glosso in appearance and growth habits but much slower growing; thus easier to maintain. The substrate shown in the photo above is a base layer of Eco-Complete/Onyx mix, about 1”-1.5” deep with a thinner cap of Black Beauty blasting grit on top. The Black Beauty adds some depth and weight to the Eco-Complete and gives the substrate a consistent dark color. Over time the 2 materials will mix together but no problems will come from this.
Insert the plantlet straight down into the substrate making sure the rooted portion is fully covered. Generally one would leave only the rounded top portion of the leaf above the substrate. Slowly open the tweezers and pull them out toward you, in the direction they are pointed, gently wiggling them as you do so. This will help settle the substrate around the plant. The plantlet should stay in the substrate with very little disturbance of the surrounding area.
21 comments on "Aquascaping series: Glossostigma Foregrounds"
great article. people have been looking for this lately, so I decided to give it a bump
this is the kind of stuff i need to be reading. i'm a complete newbie when it comes to planting. i need to read more articles like this explaining how to plant various types of plants... i.e. stem plants etc.
Great article, Dennis. Just ran into this section and am finding it quite helpful and in right time too. I'm planning on planting Glosso in 2 weeks.
What a wonderful article with great step-by-step explanations and photographs. This will definitely be useful for me this upcoming week or so as I prepare to plant some foreground plants that should arrive in the mail soon... Thank you so much for the informative article.
Awesome! I'm planting a foreground of Marsilea this evening that just arrived and just happened to stumble upon this post. Just in time, because I was just going to start jamming it in with my fingers and was trying to figure out how to keep from blowing substrate all over the place in my El Natural setup.
Hi dennis i've joined this forum specially for this article but for some reason i cant see the pictures included? any ideas? extreme beginner as you can see!
This is an older thread, odds are links to pics simply don't work anymore, so they don't show up. The information is still quite valid though!