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Java fern propagation from leaf?

Quick question. I was removing some string that was holding some java fern that I got together. The string was holding a few individual leaves and rhizomes together in a bunch. One of them came apart so now I have a single leaf by itself, and a small rhizome with no leaf. Will the leaf by itself turn into a new plant or should i get it out of the tank? The single rhizome, I assume, can grow a plant still.
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Just in my experience,

If the leaf broke off it will most likely die. Check carefully, sometimes a single leaf will have a tiny part of rhizome on it and will grow. Individual pieces of rhizome without leaves I have not dealt with. I usually just toss bits and pieces like that because my java ferns make so many regular babies that I just use those to propagate more large plants.

How long have you had the plant? Is it making any bushy new plants from the ends of its original leaves yet or is it still growing?


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I've had the plant a few days and it's in a new tank that isn't aquascaped yet. I haven't attached anything to rocks yet but will be in once I get the rocks.
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Give it some time then (the main plant). I've attached them to stuff and also planted the fine roots not the rhizome in the substrate and they do well. It takes time with plants.


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I agree it takes time. I was just wondering if the leaf, by itself, will do anything or should be removed from the tank.
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I've pruned mature rhizomes bare and they've regrown fine but it took a little while to get things growing as it expends resources whilst not have leaf structures for photosynthesis


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My experience is that usually that a dead leaf won't make a baby plant - however, I did manage to drop a few dead java fern leaves in a container and forget about them for a few weeks. I was going back through the container the other day and was suprised to see a baby plant on two of those leaves. Now I'm starting to wonder if I just wasn't waiting long enough.
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I agree it takes time. I was just wondering if the leaf, by itself, will do anything or should be removed from the tank.
Propagation can occur with a single leaf.
As it rots, get blackened etc... it will begin to grow a rhyzome and roots.


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