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    Quote Originally Posted by Zath View Post
    ^ What Fred said.

    If you want to separate the individual plants so they're not growing on top of one-another, you'll have to be a little harsher, and probably tweeze the plants apart. After you a get some plants separated and their roots untangled, you can "drill" a hole in new media with a toothpick, and pull the plants down into it by the end of the roots. Afterwards, use a spray bottle on the "stream" setting, and shoot some water into the soil next to the plant to dislodge it so it packs itself around the roots.

    Sounds cruel, I know, but I've used this method both for various sundews and Sarracenia without any losses.
    How do you actually pull the roots down? The hole made by the toothpick is actually quite small.

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    Keep it simple and plant in small clumps as I said. It's a more natural look.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fredg View Post
    Keep it simple and plant in small clumps as I said. It's a more natural look.
    But I don't think they're able to grow to their fullest potential with the surrounding plants blocking the lights out?

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    That's nonsense
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    I've used both methods suggested here. It really depends on what your goals are, and how many pots of plants you wish to have. If your goal is to separate out the plants into many individual pots...Then I'd take the tweezer route. I prefer the LONG tweezers/tongs that you can easily find at any pet store that sells reptile supplies.

    Here is an example of what I use. Zoo Med Super Deluxe Stainless Steel Feeding Tongs at PETCO

    I hate disturbing the roots. When I have a pot that looks like yours, I usually use this method:

    1.) Use the huge tweezers/tongs to gently pluck out my favorite plants in the pot (the most unique, or the most vigorous grower, etc). With these tweezers it is possible to pluck up the entire plant, AND take its own personal little root clump with it, without disturbing it too much (as opposed to using the smaller tweezers). Prior to doing this I prepare the new pot w/ media, poke the end of a spoon down into the media and make the hole. Holding the clump of roots and the individual plant, I press it down into the hole and use the rounded end of the spoon to press the media around the roots.

    2.) Once I'm satisfied, or grow bored of separating out individual plants, I use fredg's method and just cut up the remainder like a chicago deep-dish pizza and stuff the pieces into pots with new media.

    Hope this helps,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Radagast View Post
    I use fredg's method and just cut up the remainder like a chicago deep-dish pizza and stuff the pieces into pots with new media.
    That is not my method
    Last edited by fredg; 10-23-2015 at 01:25 AM.
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    Fredg I'm not sure what you mean. Do you mean you're not the originator of that method or that I am mistaken in the method you suggested? "Knock out the pot and divide the ball into sections."

    So perhaps I used slightly different language but what I suggested is essentially the same. Just relax lol. I do appreciate the bold emphasis. I personally prefer thin crust but I'm sorry if you're not a fan of the deep dish pizza .

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    The difference in language is the telling part, the methods are not the same. You're a "wham, bang, thank you ma'am" type whereas I was gentle, considerate and refined not to mention with considerable finesse.
    Last edited by fredg; 10-24-2015 at 01:00 AM.
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