05-17-2011, 10:58 AM
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I sometimes leave the adventitious plants on the inflorescence just for the appearance. Often this sword [Echinodorus bleherae] will send out 2 or even 3 inflorescences, and I have had 6 or more adventitious plants on each. Left intact, it does create a nice look, as you have all these plants mid-water. The one drawback I have found is algae; for some reason, brush algae is very heavy on these adventitious plants left on the inflorescence. Maybe it is because they are closer to the surface and get more direct light. I usually remove leaves with the algae, sometimes then entire plantlet, and eventually the inflorescence.
Or you can remove the adventitious plant(s) once they have several leaves and some roots, as the plantlet in the photo does. Take hold of the plantlet and gently pull it downwards on the inflorescence (toward the base) and it will easily come apart. Plant it in the substrate, being careful not to bury the crown. In this case there is only the one, so I would then remove the inflorescence at the base of the parent plant; if there are several adventitious plants and you only remove some of them, the rest can be left.