03-10-2012, 10:09 AM
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Originally Posted by yyankeeyankeefan
well the one in my tank has one baby and two more developing down the line. just starting to bud though. the one in my daughter's tank however seems to have been doing it a little longer and is growing three babies at the moment that are all still fairly small. the one in my tank is the largest.
the first three are from my tank and the last is my daughter's. same plant. where do i cut?
The plant in the picture is a sword (Echinodorus) but it is not the pygmy chain sword. The latter only sends runners along or in the substrate, never up into the water when grown submersed. But this is a sword, and I think it is the Dwarf Sword in our profiles, Echinodorus parviflorus "Tropica" so you can read more there.
You should not separate the adventitious plants (daughter plants) until the roots are about 2 inches in length and it has a cluster of several leaves (3 or more). At that point, you can take hold of the adventitious plant and gently pull it downward (back toward the parent plant) along the inflorescence (flower stem). It will easily come off. Usually there will be 2 plants, you can leave them together or separate them. Plant the plants in the substrate.
Another option is to remove the entire inflorescence (stem) with the adventitious plants still attached. It can be floated, or wedged in the substrate. However, the plants frequently get covered in algae when floated.
Or you can leave the inflorescence intact with the parent plant and adventitious plants. As it develops, again the plants along the inflorescence frequently get algae.