07-15-2012, 08:49 PM
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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?
If you leave the daughter plants on the leaves, they will continue to develop. At some point they may break off on their own; I'm not exactly sure when, it might be a while. If you remove them after several leaves and a decent patch of black roots have formed, attach them to wood or rock, in a crevice is easiest. Or let them float. In their habitat they float around a bit and find something they can attach to.
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?
Yes. The developing daughter plant is assimilating nutrients from the water, as is the "parent" leaf to some extent. The old leaf itself would not develop roots of its own or anything, but it is serving to sustain in part the plantlet.