I have a couple of questions about how to propagate Java Ferns.
First, I have a small Java fern that has two small platelets forming on one of it's leaves. The little leaves and roots are growing as expected - slow and steady like Java fern does! I'm wondering when they will be ready to become their own plants, and if I have to (or should) do anything to separate them? How will I know? Will the babies develop their own rhizomes?
Next question. . . I recently got a batch of plants (NOT Java fern) from a chain store, and a broken leaf from a Java fern (the leaf is only about an inch long) ended up in the bag. That single lonely leaf has a tiny baby Java fern planet on it - very tiny, really only just the tiniest little root. I chucked it into my grow-out tank, figuring it would die, and after several weeks, that lonely little leaf is still green, and somehow still hanging on to life - though it doesn't seem any bigger.
Is it possible that I can grow a new plant from this tiny little. . . thing?! If so, what should I do to properly care for it and nurture it into a plant-able fern?