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Old 05-11-2019, 07:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Are there any tips on growing a potted Amazon sword plant? I know this is a fairly general plan. The plans that I have bought off the Internet in the past have all died. The only success that I have had is by puttingsome substrate in one area a few years ago.the plant that I stuck there from the fish store has spread and looks good.

I would just like one Amazon in the background to help with space as I have a very tall tank.. I have some fertilizer pellets that I will use, and I have decent lighting..
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Those sword plants grow very large, widespread root systems, so it seems unlikely that they could survive well if potted. I would expect a very stunted plant, at best. But, a lot of people grow plants in pots, and maybe I'm wrong, so let's see if someone wants to tell us how it worked.
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potting it isnt an issue. Obviously dont put it in a 1" diameter pot. more like 3".

But my question is, why?

yes before amazon sword hits the stores they are grown generally as these huge emersed plants in their 2"-3" pots.
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I think I still have some substrate material. I'm going to remove the pot and try adding a little substrate to that area.

This is probably why I have had problems in the past. I think I left the little pot on, which didn't give the roots a chance to easily spread.
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I've grown them in pots for years. Many types. I use potting soils topped with 2 inches of GRAVEL,never use sands. Sands are great for show in the tank..but terrible for water plants to grow in. Even as a topping to pots they smother roots.
What you get depends on how large the pots and if you use Co2. I got dense compact swords maybe 9" tall in my various non Co2 tanks. Like a hundred leaves. I've seen big aquariums that used Swords in 6" pots that were huge..20" or so. That tank had metal halide and Co2.
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