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post #1 of 6 Old 04-01-2012, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
Are these dead leaves on my Rubin Sword?

I just have a question about my rubin sword, some of the smaller leaves in the middle of the plant are brown. Are these dead leaves?
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post #2 of 6 Old 04-01-2012, 09:31 PM
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These are the new leaves, the plant was grown out of water, now under water, the older leave will die off and the new ones will be different shape and color. It is somewhat typical in swords (some of the hybrids at least) that new growth has a reddish color, it fades in some species stays in others. I've never had this particular species, but the photos I've seen show that the red color should stay.
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post #3 of 6 Old 04-02-2012, 10:34 AM
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Agree. I have this plant, and the leaves on mine tend more toward dark green as they mature, simply because my light is less. Red leaf plants naturally require brighter light.

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post #4 of 6 Old 04-02-2012, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
Thanks, thats good to know. I thought there was something wrong with the plant!
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post #5 of 6 Old 04-03-2012, 06:24 PM
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Thats the color of the leafs on my plant, been that way for well over a year and they are well over 18" long now, now if I could only get it to shoot out some runners for me to get new ones...
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post #6 of 6 Old 04-03-2012, 06:56 PM
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thats what a rubin swords mature leaves look like. The green ones should turn red with age.
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