Originally Posted by Darla
I've never been able to really *grow* Java Fern. Everyone keeps talking about how easy it is, but all mine ever did was grow baby plants and look ratty. I think this plant is a lot harder to get to look nice than to 'grow'. Come to think of it, I don't recall seeing a true low light tank with a nice Java Fern in it. I've seen 'high light/tech' tanks with really nice Java Ferns, though.
Another plant I've had trouble with is Water Sprite. It's another plant that people say is easy to grow, and when it grows, it grows like a weed. I wish I could get some to grow like a weed. The first time I tried it, it didn't last, but that was due to not having enough light (less than 1wpg). I upgraded the lighting to just under 3wpg, but the second round of water sprite grew about an inch and melted away.
What are some plants that you weren't able to grow? Will you ever try to grow them again?
well. With Java Fern, an untrue rumor is that it does better in lower light. Actually, the higher the lighting and CO2 levels, the faster and better it grows. What you need to do is cut off the baby plantlets when they have about 5 leaves per rhizome, and the leaves are about 2 inches long. Then, Tie these to a piece of wood (i assume you know not to bury the rhizome?)
I did this to mine 4 months ago, started out with 6 adult leaves. A few weeks later, I had about 7 plantlets, 20 leaves total... The plantlets will grow new leaves from their rhizomes. Now I have over 250 leaves, almost the size of the origional parent leaves. These have now grown old, ugly and ratty, and I'm going to take them out. The still produce massive amounts of plantlets.
One thing you need to know about watersprite: It is NOT a stem plant! You cannot cut off the bottom and replant it, then it will melt (it sounds like you did that)
It is a fern, and just like Javas, it sends out babies from the leaves. The Stems branch out from a central crown, which has roots.
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