Contolling direction of " Runners "

Discussion in 'Plant Help' started by davidcmadrid, 20 Jul 2009.

  1. davidcmadrid

    davidcmadrid Member

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    Hi,

    I have noticed that a lot of the plants i have that send out runners e.g E Tennelus ( spelling ? ) are sending their runners in a straight line generally speaking across the longest dimension of the tank. This means I am ending up with a lot of " rows " but not very much thatch work if that makes sense. Is this normal ?
     
  2. GreenNeedle

    GreenNeedle Member

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    You can snip the runner so that it becomes to seperate ones. Do it carefully so that it doesn't uproot. Then it should branch out from the cut end.

    No idea if it will still run in the straight line though.

    You could try placing a small pebble in the path of the runner, then it will change course to move around the pebble at which point you remove it :)

    AC
     
  3. Mark Evans

    Mark Evans Expert

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    a good question. one i've pondered on.

    with tenellus...

    from a bit of deduction, if you want density in one place plant dense from the start controlling the runners immediately. to let infringe on areas let the runner develop say 3 or for long, cut the end and this almost brings it to a stop. trim the first few runners down to the ground and these will grow back shorter.

    putting a stone good be a good idea Andy, but still unpredictable. i've seen tenellus get into some right areas.

    i thought about containing it using barriers in areas where a barrier wouldn't be seen. the runners would just go around in circles.

    I'm not sure what amano does, but the guys the best at making tenellus look under control.
     
  4. GreenNeedle

    GreenNeedle Member

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    Indeed, very unpredictable. I was just trying to think of a way of making a runner change its course :)

    I like unpredictable though.

    AC
     
  5. samc

    samc Member

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    i remember amano said that he plants it very dense from the start. not sure what he does with the runners though :?
     
  6. davidcmadrid

    davidcmadrid Member

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    Well i planted the ET about 3cms apart and while it is thickening up a little it is mostly spreading. Im not sure i want to plant it more dense than that ?
     
  7. Verminator

    Verminator Member

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    When i had E Tenellus i planted it about 1-2cm apart. Growth was slow and it slowly filled in. The runners i had went every which way, there was no curbing its enthusiasm to spread. I eventually got rid of it because at the time i didnt have time to control the plant growth.

    Seems nowadays i cant get the conditions right to get good growth at all - shame really xD
     
  8. SunnyP

    SunnyP Member

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    The runners from my Hygrophila difformis are just cut from the main stem and planted as normal. Found that they grow slight skew and then straigthens out afterwards as the plant grows towards the source of light.
     
  9. vauxhallmark

    vauxhallmark Member

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    Hygrophila doesn't form runners - what you're talking about are stems or branches (before you cut them off) or cuttings (after you've cut them off and replanted them).

    A runner is a specialised stem which grows horizontally above or below the substrate and has a special bud at the tip which forms a clone of the original plant. It doesn't have any leaves or roots until the clone forms at the tip.

    :D

    Mark
     
  10. SunnyP

    SunnyP Member

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    Yeh, sorry. I'm working in the shop and on ukaps at the same time. Just re-read all the posts. Men truely can't multi-task at all.

    I'm a numpty.
     

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