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Old 08-31-2004, 02:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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My stem plants (e.g. bacopa) have roots growing from their nodes (not buried in substrate but exposed in water). Should I cut them or do I leave them as is, to permit them to absorbe more nutrients from the water?
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You can cut them if you don't like them. I doubt it will change uptake that much though, cutting roots usually promotes new root growth, so you may actually be strengthening the lower parts of the roots by doing so.

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Hey Gian,

Thanks for the suggestion! I'll try to experiment by cutting roots of some plants and leaving others alone and see if there's any difference in their growth.
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