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cavediver 08-02-2008 06:33 PM

Plant help
I have two small plants. both have a long stem going up to the water surface. they are starting to bloom. can I cut this shoot and replant it elsewhere in my tank. or just let it do its thing.

okiemavis 08-02-2008 06:57 PM

It depends, what kind of plant is it? Also, most flowers won't bloom underwater, so if you want it to flower, leave it.

cavediver 08-02-2008 07:15 PM

its not "blooming" with any kind of flower, but sprouting new leaves. it is an african sword plant. also what if any type of food/ fertilizer should I feed them. sorry very new to live plants. thanks in advanced for you help.

okiemavis 08-02-2008 08:49 PM

Ah, a sword, so it's sending out a mini "plantlet"? You can trim those off and plant them in the substrate.

Swords are heavy root feeders, so I'd recommend getting some root tabs for fertilization.

cavediver 08-03-2008 01:14 PM

Do you mean cut off the entire stalk, and replant. Or just the leaves that are sprouting from the stalk.

fish_4_all 08-04-2008 12:29 PM

The plantlets need a good head start before removing them to have the best chance of growing on their own. Most advice I have seen says to leave them until they have at least 5 leaves and a good 4-7 roots. Make sure they hit the water so they will grow new roots. If they are not in the water you only get a nodule where the roots would be.

cavediver 08-04-2008 04:30 PM

Thanks for all of your help.

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