The Anubias genus has a root system called a rhizome meaning that it has a horizontal type root which have smaller roots that grow outward from the main root. Never plant the rhizome, in which rot can occur, only plant the smaller hair like roots.
As with most plants, whenever in doubt never plant too deep. When you receive anyone of these particular species of plant, you may receive them with a bulb attached or as a bareroot plant. In the case of receiving the bulb, plant in aquarium as so that the sprout of the bulb is facing up and that the sprout is clearly visible above the planting material/substrate. In the case you have received just the plant itself plant only the roots of the plant leaving the entire stem above the plant material/substrate; failure to do so may cause rotting of the stems of the plant and premature death of the plant.
When you receive these plants they will arrive with a weight wrapped around the bottom of the plants. First remove the weight and if any discoloration of the plant or any decay or dead leaves are present give the plant a fresh cut above this area of the plant (NOTE: the trimming of this material will in no way harm the plant). Next; plant the individual stems of the plant in the planting material/substrate, plant anchors will aid in planting of these types of stem plants.
Plant ONLY the roots of the plant in planting material/substrate. Planting these plants to deep can cause rotting of the stem and therefore premature death of the plant.
When you receive these plants, before planting remove plant from pot, and remove as much of the potting material, rock wool as possible without damaging the roots of the plant. Next, plant ONLY the roots of the plant in planting material/substrate. Planting these plants to deep can cause rotting of the stem and therefore premature death of the plant.
Please understand what Riccia is as some people think it is a plant that is 1 piece and gets planted in the substrate which is not the case.
For more information about this plant please go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riccia_fluitans
To get that terrific lawn look all you need to do is tie riccia to mesh with fishing line, thread or you can use a net. You then lay the mesh on your substrate with anchors holding it down.
Here is a video on tying riccia to a rock. It is the same procedure for mesh. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaYdPhyobcs
Driftwood or Mat with Riccia:
Riccia is a plant that will never grow roots there for it will never attach itself to the driftwood and or mat. It has to be tied with thread or fishing line. If the Riccia is allowed to grow tall it can unattach itself from the driftwood or mat. Placing driftwood or mat with Riccia in your tank can also make the Riccia unattached. To prevent this Please place the driftwood very slowly into your tank while placing your hand and arm on top of the Riccia. This will prevent the Riccia from being pulled off by the suction the water creates when placing the driftwood or mat in the tank. IF ever the Riccia does pull off it will float. You can easily retrieve the Riccia with a fish net and reattach it to the driftwood or mat with thread of fishing line. It is always a good idea to not let the Riccia grow more then an inch tall to prevent it from pulling off. To keep it at an inch or below just take a scissors and cut the Riccia. The cut pieces can then be attached to another object and grown in like the driftwood or mat is.
Plant only the roots of the plant in planting material/substrate. Planting these plants too deep can cause rotting of the stem and therefore premature death of the plant.
Plant only the roots of the plant in planting material/substrate. Planting these plants too deep can cause rotting of the stem and therefore premature death of the plant. Plant anchors will aid in planting of these types of plants