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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-27-2019, 06:50 PM Thread Starter
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How do you plant this?

I tried for twenty minutes to get it to stay in the sand but the second I let go it floats up. I read online it (hornwort) can be planted in the substrate is that not true? Also what am I supposed to do with those pieces that appear to have "pine needles" growing from both ends? How do I plant that?




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I'm not 100% sure, but I think I've read that hornwort is a floater. Could you maybe try banding it to driftwood or a rock?
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Hornwort is a bunch plant. Mainly used a a floating surface plant. It can be planted in the substrate as a bunch. Banded together and weighted with plant weights it can be planted and the weights will hold it in place in the substrate. With what you have I would band it together put plant weights on the end and leave it unplanned until there are some roots and then place it in the substrate past the weights.
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Yes, just let it float in the tank. Betta love the surface cover. They swim through it, exploring, and sleep in it like abed in the clouds. 🙂

If you want it planted, you can weight the base. It will then grow up to the surface and the spread out as a surface plant.
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Hornwort doesn't have roots. I read somewhere that most who have trouble with it shedding and/or dying have it "planted." So it rots.
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Hornwort doesn't have roots. I read somewhere that most who have trouble with it shedding and/or dying have it "planted." So it rots.
Just another reason I dislike this plant. It may be good for a floater for top cover because it will make your betta feel more secure. It's also a good floating hide for Fry.

But as a planted, plant it really does not do well.
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Hornwort is a bunch plant. Mainly used a a floating surface plant. It can be planted in the substrate as a bunch. Banded together and weighted with plant weights it can be planted and the weights will hold it in place in the substrate. With what you have I would band it together put plant weights on the end and leave it unplanned until there are some roots and then place it in the substrate past the weights.


Well I'm a big old dummy! It came with a plant weight on it and I took it off and threw it away because I didn't realize it was a weight. Gah I wish I could go back and stop myself lol


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Hornwort doesn't have roots. I read somewhere that most who have trouble with it shedding and/or dying have it "planted." So it rots.


Interesting. I really don't want it as a floater cause I already have floaters and it's blocking too much light...


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Yes, just let it float in the tank. Betta love the surface cover. They swim through it, exploring, and sleep in it like abed in the clouds. 🙂

If you want it planted, you can weight the base. It will then grow up to the surface and the spread out as a surface plant.


I already have floaters but yes my betta is quite excited about the surface cover. I was floating some fat wisteria which extended half way down the tank and my betta was PUMPED

I would like to plant the hornwort though to give room to my real floaters. The hornwort came weighted and I didn't know it was a weight and threw it away. Do you think I can just put a rock on top of it to hold it down? Or should I let it float until it gets roots?


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Either way Hornwort really does not last as a planted plant. and in order to get a good enough root system you need to float it. How about a Jar with treated water and flourish in it on the window sill. ( just a thought instead of wasting the plant.)
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