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Old 02-26-2012, 10:25 AM   #1 
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Dwarf hairgrass

I wanted to grow dwarf hairgrass, but I have larger pieces of gravel and not soil. Would it still grow and does it need fertilizer?
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Old 02-26-2012, 04:58 PM   #2 
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It may not do as well in large size gravel-mainly due to all the nutrients that can get washed away. Since this is a rosette plant they like substrate feeding best-but can use water column feeding as well-they reproduce by sending out runners and when happy can cover the floor fairly fast-

Proper lighting is more important than ferts-without proper lighting they can't use the ferts anyway...
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Old 02-26-2012, 05:11 PM   #3 
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+1. I had mine in a relatively large-sized gravel with low light. They did ok, but grew upwards rather than across, like a carpet plant.
If you want a carpet plant with large-grain gravel, why not try a java moss mat? If you have a facebook account, search for Acumen Aquatics and have a look in her album. She has a 5 gallon (being published in a fish magazine soon) with a lovely java moss carpet. :)
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I also heard that you have to split the grass up when planting? I just stuck the whole chunk in...
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That's to encourage it to acheive a carpet. You split it into chunks of 3-5 hairs and plant them roughly 2cm apart.
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