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Java Fern Plantlets

Hi All,

I have seen that my 8 inch wide Java Fern has browish stringy things coming out of 2 leaves. I goggled and found those are the roots of a possbile plantlet.

Now my 2 questions are:

1) To get the plantlet started do I take the whole leaf with the brown stringy roots off the mother plant or just the brown stringy roots only leaving the leaf on the mother plant.?

2) If I need just the brown stringy roots only to start the plantlet, how do I plant that or anchor that? If I need the leaf with the brown stringy roots how do I anchor that down?

All comments are appreciated.

Thank you
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I've always waited until I can see the rhizome and at least a few new leaves growing out of the daughter plant. Then gently pull it off the tip of the mature leaf, tie it down to a small rock with either light weight fishing line or cotton thread, and drop it back in the tank. I've not been keeping plants long, and have a very limited experience. I'm sure others will chip in and expand/correct me.


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+1 Wait till you see leafs. However I have cut the leaf and held it down with rocks, and it started a new patch, but I think that made the propagation a lot longer.
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Leave it alone.. The new plant will grow and detach it self from the mother when it is ready. There is no need to remove the plantlet.
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Make sure you let a few leaves grow and develop otherwise it seems to stunt it.
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Leave it alone.. The new plant will grow and detach it self from the mother when it is ready. There is no need to remove the plantlet.
My advice too. Its the best and fastest way to increase your Java Fern.

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See, I knew someone with more knowledge would chime in. Thanks for the info! I'll stop separating my plantlets now.


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Mine floats free in the aquarium and after a while they settle down, and then i start to crop them and tye it down...roots and rhizome and all tyed!!! down grown increased !!!
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Thank you all for your feedback. I truly appreciate it. This plant is one of my favorites because of the easy care and versatile placement in a tank.

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