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smit3183 05-26-2012 12:44 PM

Amazon Sword baby plants..
 
Im new to the live plant thing. Ive had my Amazon Sword for close to a month now and its doing very well. 3 baby plants have formed on it already with 6-7 leaves on them with roots forming on the bottom of them. My question is when/how do i remove them to plant in the substate by themselves? Could I also leave them on the stem,what would happen. If I do remove the baby plants do I cut the rest of the stem that I took them off of from mother plant?

redchigh 05-26-2012 02:10 PM

I'd just gently pull the plants off and leave the stem. Alternately, use a rock to force the stem to lay against the substrate- the plants will root themselves. If you remove the plantlets and leave the stem, it'll form new plants on it.

smit3183 05-26-2012 02:27 PM

How do I know when there ready to be pulled off?
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smit3183 05-26-2012 02:29 PM

And what do you mean, the plants will root themselves? I have to plant the babies in the substrate don't I?
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redchigh 05-26-2012 02:31 PM

If you hold the stem against the substrate, the plants will root themselves. You can pull them off whenever, but I'd wait until the leaves are at least 3 inches long.

Byron 05-27-2012 11:32 AM

Agree. Once the adventitious plants (the term for the daughter or baby plants) have developed a few leaves and some white roots, they can be pulled off by gently pulling them downward (= toward the crown of the parent plant) along the inflorescence (the name of the flower stalk). Then plant them normally. This allows you to plant them where you want them--remembering they will eventually grow as large as the parent plant--which you can't do if you just bend the inflorescence down intact.

If you leave them on the inflorescence mid-water, they will continue to grow and this can create a nice effect. But in my experience these adventitious plants left on the inflorescence usually develop brush algae quite heavily. Not sure just why, perhaps partly the closeness to the light, but there must be more to it since I don't see brush algae on floating plants in the same tank.

Byron.

smit3183 05-27-2012 12:04 PM

Thanks alot guys, they look like there ready to be pulled. This is great, I didn't know amazons reproduced. Problem is I may have room for maybe just 2 of them.

Byron 05-27-2012 12:10 PM

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Originally Posted by smit3183 (Post 1097201)
Thanks alot guys, they look like there ready to be pulled. This is great, I didn't know amazons reproduced. Problem is I may have room for maybe just 2 of them.

In that case i wold remove the two largest, or closest to the surface, to plant and lea ve the others on the inflorescence and if they become encrusted with algae remove them. Until then they will add to the interest of the water column.


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