Hemianthus micranthemoides

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Whats the best way to create a bush type effect with the above plant? I'd like nice compact leaves too.
I planted it in single stems but am wondering if I should of put a few stems all together?
 

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I would do it the same way you do any stems, plant it dense, then give it a good hair cut once its established, it should grow back even denser, but you'll have to keep on top of it, it does get that leggy look pretty quickly.

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i planted mine in single stems, then waited until it reached the surface and trimmed. I doubt it would of got past 30cm anyway so if it gets to that height then give it a trim.
 

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i'd plant in bunches of 3 or 4 stems.

trimming when it gets to the top of the tank is a guideline. what happens if your tank is 80cm?......it's a small stem so treat it as such, imagine it in a 30cm tank, even if your tank is taller.
 

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saintly said:
i'd plant in bunches of 3 or 4 stems.

trimming when it gets to the top of the tank is a guideline. what happens if your tank is 80cm?......it's a small stem so treat it as such, imagine it in a 30cm tank, even if your tank is taller.
it started to get a bit straggley in my tank, and that was 30cm (actually less considering water line & substrate depth)
 

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aaronnorth said:
it started to get a bit straggley in my tank, and that was 30cm (actually less considering water line & substrate depth)
and for this reason, placing stems strategicly behind hardscape and such is crucial when deciding on a trimming height.
 

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saintly said:
aaronnorth said:
it started to get a bit straggley in my tank, and that was 30cm (actually less considering water line & substrate depth)
and for this reason, placing stems strategicly behind hardscape and such is crucial when deciding on a trimming height.
and depth of the stems, i only left about 3" and it caused me loads of problems :twisted: you live & learn... :lol:
 

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I used to plant in 5 stems, and would also remove the whole stem and cut to the desired length, and then replant when they got too long.

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TDI-line said:
remove the whole stem and cut to the desired length, and then replant when they got too long.
that works i guess but to get a bush, i'd trim and leave the bottom bit in. a lot less hassle to :D
 

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Thanks for the advice.

When I initially plant how long should the stems be? Should I cut it short to encourage new growth?

My current stems don't seem to be coping well and wonder if I should trim them and start all over?
 
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