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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-24-2002, 05:00 PM Thread Starter
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The time has come (the walrus said) to prune my tank. I have mainly swords and crypts . Can I uproot them, split the root section and replant just what I want or do I just cut back the leaves. I'd like to take some of what I have for another tank but don't quite know how to do it. Rose, can you help me out?
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Since Swords are rosset plants, I think you have to let them split on themselves, which they do rarely. Crypts are similiar, but you can split them if they are too big. When you trim your plants, make sure to cut the whole stem and leaf off on the sword, as close to the base as possible, and the same goes for the crypts!


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Oh rite, are u sure they have to split them selves ? would they die then if split in half ? any other views ?
thanks i just wanna be sure
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Sometimes swords will send out runners and a new plant will start from there. Once a new plant starts, you can cut the runner between the new plant and the new one and replant the new plant. Crypts will do the same thing but they're a lot slower. You can pinch off the outer leaves on cpypts and swords as they get old and begin to show signs of age. Crypts can also be divided by cutting the root ball and attached leaves into sections. Then just replant them. I don't think you can do that with swords though.
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I've split swords a couple times. I use a razor knife a cut them cleanly thru the rootball and replanted them and they grew fine. They may lose a couple leaves while getting rerooted, just like when you first got them and planted them for the first time. Thats just my experience, do what you think best. :hehe:

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