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Planting the stems as deep as possible helps keep them secure in coarser stuff like Fluorite and regular gravel. Leave the leaves on the lower part of the stem to help anchor it.
 

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Hubba,

A healthy stem plant will not rot if you leave a few leaves on the bottom. I've been doing it for many years and have never had a problem.


Daemonfly,

H. callitrichoides isn't a true aquatic, so it can and does root to feed. It's just so small that it doesn't take much to knock it loose from the substrate when it's newly planted, so anchoring it can really help, especially if, like me, you have problem children-fish that like to pull up what you just planted. :x
 
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