Emersed to submersed...
Hi to all:
I need your input. Today I got one pot of dwarf grass(Eleocaris acicularis)from Lowes. It is in emersed form as all the grass looks green and healthy with a pot of soil that is pretty moist. My question is how does one go about from acclimatizing the grass in emersed to submersed? I know if you simply put the whole thing into the water they will rot. My personal experience also told me the same. So, how can I make it adapt to growing underwater? Any advice greatly appreciated!
Wrathful, my suggestion would be to give it a haircut first. This will encourage it to send out new growth. I would also submerge the roots, pot and all, but not the leaves. Any new growth from this should be fine underwater. It will be new enough and the leaves delicate enough to adapt to submersed growht. The older, emerged leaves have cell walls that are just to thick to do the plant anygood under water. Thus they die. THe newer growth, especially if it is grown in already very moist conditions should be able to convert fine.. If the current plant is root bound in the pot then I would transplant it into 2 or 3 pots and float them in a hydroponics raft. THe raft can be something as simple as 1" styrofoam. Thats what I use. This floats on the waters surface, keeping the plant itsself above water and prevents light from reaching the water and causing algae. You can then dose the water heavily wiht nutrients to promote speedy growth.. Hope this gives you some ideas:)
I can only share what i did to my hairgrass. I plant them in small group of about 3-4 stalks. Then plant them about 3 cm apart. After planting, give them a good cut like leaving 1cm above the gravel level.
IME the E.acicularis from Home Depot has no problem aclimating
to submersed growth. I noticed however, that the grass does't
grow straight - but instead has S shaped 'leaves' which start looking
untidy. Spreads fast though.
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