03-13-2010, 11:40 AM
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Originally Posted by LisaC144
LOL. My swords from SA came with several daughter plants each (YES!) but they haven't grown roots yet to be able to snip them and replant them.
Give the plantlets a good start before removing them from the runner/spike. The roots should be 3+ inches long and plentiful, and the leaves should be 2-3 inches or more and also several. If removed too soon the plant may or may not survive.
I have about 30 or more daughter Echinodorus bleherae plants, all the parent plants sent out 2 or 3 multi-branched spikes in December/January. It takes a couple months for the daughter plants to develop sufficiently large enough to be removed. It is sometimes helpful to have the spike lower down in the aquarium (they grow to the surface of course) so the plants develop further down in the water column. The reason for this is to avoid algae which tends to appear faster and be more excessive on the plantlets nearer the surface, as opposed to further down from the light and CO2.