Diy Plant Weights

  1. Dch48

    Dch48 Well Known Member Member

    I need to have some hind of weight to hold down some Wisteria stems until they root. Nobody around here sells plant weights. I have had a couple of ideas but I' m not sure if they would be safe. The first one was to cut the ends off a large sewing needle and tie the stems to that. It would be easy to push down into the gravel. My second thought was to use a twist tie from a loaf of bread and wrap it around the stems. I'm sure either one would work but I don't know how safe it would be for the tank.
     
  2. bryangar

    bryangar Well Known Member Member

    You can put the stems between 2 nice sized rocks.
     
  3. OP
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    Dch48

    Dch48 Well Known Member Member

    Research says the twist tie is out so maybe I'll just get a small rock like I used with my Anubias and Java Fern. They were both superglued to a rock and are doing great. I tried that with the Wisteria and 3 stems out of 5 rotted at the bottom and floated up. The 2 that have stayed had good roots on them to begin with. The others were cut shorter by me so had no roots. The ones I want to weigh back down will also have no roots. I guess I'll just try to tie them to a rock and see if that works.
     
  4. bryangar

    bryangar Well Known Member Member

    Or you can let it float until it grows longer roots then plant it.
     
  5. OP
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    Dch48

    Dch48 Well Known Member Member

    I tied 2 stems to a larger piece of aquarium gravel and pushed it down a little. It may work unless the snails move it. I'll just have to wait and see.
     
  6. DuaneV

    DuaneV Well Known Member Member

    Good luck. I dont have much luck with water wisteria in the first place, and I never have luck with it in gravel.