how to get java fern babies
I have this narrow leaf java fern. I bought it pretty much dead because I wanted it 50% off. so, it has been sitting my tank for a few months not doing anything, not growing, not getting any deader. then, just a while ago i noticed this little plant growing on the other side of my tank. it was a single tiny leaf growing out of a black thing. it looked like the a chunk from the end of a broken stem, or something, but not like a seed. I was totally baffled as to where it came from, but i planted it in the sand.
a while Later, I pulled up the java fern to see if it had grown roots or anything. It hadn't but I saw that it was tied up with black string at the base so I thought i'd untie it. in the process, i basically...ripped the plant apart...oops.
anyway, for some reason I didn't take the dead leaves, and when i looked into the tank the next day, each leaf had 1-3 baby leaves growing out of the side of it! I buried all of the leaves flat in the sand and now I have lots of healthy green java fern babies. that's what the other baby i found was too!
so, the point is that if you are pruning your java fern, or find dead leaves, don't toss em', plant em'!
this is the best form of propogation that I have found so far!
congratulation on your discovery ;)
Had the same thing myself recently... dozens of the little buggers.
Don't plant them in the sand though. They grow from a rhizome rather than a root and burying that will kill it. Tie them to something so they can take hold instead. I just let them float around for now.
really? mine seem to be doing great buried in the sand! although, they are planted under a VERY thin layer, barely enough to cover the leaf so maybe that is the difference?
Here is a close up of the baby fern "root" system with the rhizome circled. That is the part that cannot be buried, I think that the hairy roots and old leaf are fine.
Most of the leaves that sprouted newbs in my tank were leaves that had been removed from the rhizome and were, slowly, dying. Planting the rhizome produces the same result which, from what I understand, causes the plant to go into reproduction mode and you get plantlets.
I actually think it's a miscoception when people say not to bury java fern rhizomes. Probably mixed up with the idea of anubias getting rhizome rot (still debating whether bacterial or fungal o_O)
My crypts seems to be rhizome plants too , and those are usually under the substrate.
Personally I love the look of a thick mat of javafern on a nuce piece of Drift wood ^_^
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