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    Stripping bottom of stem plants

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    When planting stemmed plants, whether new or old, do you practise stripping off the leaves at the bottom 1/3 of the plant before planting?

    I remember reading about it when I was a newbie that we were supposed to strip off the bottom 1/3 leaves before planting since those will rot if placed in the substrate and "cause trouble".

    True?

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    Hi Terence,

    I practice stipping the leaves off the bottom 1" of my stem plants before planting. The way I see it, these leaves would rot anyway and when connected to the parent plant, these rotting leaves could potentially transfer some of the plant pathogens over. Well, just my postulation.

    The internodes left behind from the removed leaves also make good spots of new roots to grow from.

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    Doesn't really matter from the experience over the years. You give the plants what they need and they will grow for you.

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    i dont strip so much of the plant.. jsut a little.. i just do it to encourage/facilitate root growth.

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    I strip the last 2 inches.
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    Because when I find it hard to strip to @!#@#%#$^ leaves

    Thanks for opinions!

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    Quote Originally Posted by |squee|
    When planting stemmed plants, whether new or old, do you practise stripping off the leaves at the bottom 1/3 of the plant before planting?

    I remember reading about it when I was a newbie that we were supposed to strip off the bottom 1/3 leaves before planting since those will rot if placed in the substrate and "cause trouble".
    Yah, I stripped the leaves based on similar points to yours.
    On top of that, it's to facilitate planting of the stem plants into substrates as well.

    cheers,
    zhan

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    Weird, I find it easier to plant unstripped plants because the leaves act as anchors

    So in conclusion, doesn't really matter if you strip them or not. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by |squee|
    Weird, I find it easier to plant unstripped plants because the leaves act as anchors

    So in conclusion, doesn't really matter if you strip them or not. Thanks!
    no problem Terence, in fact for Hemianthus callitrichoides(HC), I plant them without stripping the bottom so the tiny leaves, which are being shoveled into the substrates, will act as proper anchorage.

    regards,
    zhan

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