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Kelso 11-15-2009 09:32 PM

Amazon Sword
My sword has a shoot coming out of it...its almost to the surface and started growing last's leafless and is well...bare...what is this?

Angel079 11-16-2009 06:58 AM

Once that's finished growing up, that would be your blossoms on your Sword.
They bloom pretty nice and (in my case anyway) they bloomed a LOT.
So don't cut it or nothing, just watch & see it for yourself :-)

Kelso 11-16-2009 08:34 AM

Yay! I'm excited...that means I'm doing something right!!!

Byron 11-16-2009 11:58 AM

Echinodorus plants rarely bloom in the aquarium unless provided with a period of emersed growth. They are mainly bog plants that spend half the year emersed (when they flower and seed) and half submersed. They adapt very well to fully submersed growth in an aquarium, when the "flower spike" still develops but daughter plants rather than flowers will appear. These can be left until they have sufficient leaves and roots to be removed and planted as new plants.

There are some fully aquatic species, and Angel's may be one of those; with space above the surface (as in an uncovered tank) they will flower. Of course, a plant may sometimes decide to flower for whatever reason... but I would suspect you are more likely to see plants rather than flowers.


Kelso 11-16-2009 12:04 PM

Awww, well, at least I have something to look forward too! Thanks for the info Byron!

Angel079 11-16-2009 12:55 PM

Don't get discouraged, just wait & see. When mine was about 2 yrs old it was fully under water an it bloomed white'ish. Didn't bloom for long like what you're used to from house plants, but it bloomed. So just wait & see what happens :-) Hey and even if it winds up being daughter plants give them some developing time and then replant and before you know it have a nicely covered tank :-)

Kelso 11-16-2009 10:35 PM

so the shoot is starting to come out of the water....its been growing incredibly fast...probably 3/4 of inch today...what if it hits the lid? I can't leave the lid abf will jump out...

teddyzaper 11-16-2009 11:44 PM

just let it hit the lid and it will bend then just make a flower.

Angel079 11-17-2009 11:51 AM

Just leave it alone, it'll do its thing, just watch it and see what happens :-)

Calmwaters 11-17-2009 01:40 PM

I have on that did the same thing it did not bloom but it does have 2 new plants growing on the stem one is at the top and one is about half way down. I plan on cutting the one at the top and planting it in a new tank I have ordered it has lots of roots hanging from it and is a good size so I think it is ready. The other still needs to grow some before I remove it. Is there a certain way I should cut it?

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