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Old 05-15-2013, 02:12 AM   #1
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Java Fern Advice Needed


A lot of my java fern leaves are turning black and sprouting new plantlets. I know this is normal. The problem is that my tank is pretty crowded, and I don't have any room to plant all the little baby ferns.

However, I would like the ferns that I already have attached to rocks to grow fuller/bushier. What would be the best way to accomplish this?

If I cut out the leaves that are turning black, will new leaves grow from the original rhizome and make the fern bushier? Or should I try to plant the baby plantlets as close to the original rhizome as possible?

I guess my real question is what's the best way to make my java ferns look fuller/bushier? Do I just prune the dying leaves and let the original rhizome grow by itself? Or do I keep adding more baby ferns as close as possible to the original rhizome?
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I've been trimming unsightly leaves off my java fern for about 5 months,

It started as a single bitty leaf

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I always trim my java fern and it keeps growing. It seems to like trimming. I use the plantlets to fill in any bald spots.
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I always try to replant the baby plants around the original rhizome. I've done this on a large piece of driftwood and now have java fern packed in and super bushy.
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For example, below are some classic "commercial" pictures of Java Ferns. Notice how full and bushy they are. Are all those leaves from a single rhizome, or from several rhizomes placed close together?

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More then likely those are from several rhizomes put together. My 55 gallon has something similar. Not the greatest pic, but I've done this on both pieces of dw which you don't see too much of anymore.

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I started this January of 2012. Not sure how many Rhizomes are on it ? I just keep Super Gluing baby plants to it.

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