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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-14-2003, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
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Hello my amazon sword has flowered and i was wonderin how do i go about takin a cuttin from it.
I have attached a photo of the flower for u to see
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-15-2003, 09:10 PM
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I am not expert on Echinodorus, but i think you have be a little patient here. My swords sent out long stalks from the base of the plant that has nodes on it and at each node at least one little plantlet forms. Then when are developed enough to replant and I cut the stalk off and cut the little plantlets free and plant them. The flowers you have are probably just the start of the process. So be pateint and see if a long stalk comes out of the plant. I hope this helps.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-16-2003, 12:58 AM
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Proost is right, the best way is to wait it out and you will most likely get more swords then you want. I let a sword spike grow itself out once and it was almost 3 feet long with 13 baby swords on it.
It started to grow out the top of my tank. :shock:

You can split very large swords at the base but I would not suggest it, its just not worth it, it is bad for the plant, messy and not always successful.

That is a beautiful flower... Congrats !
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-16-2003, 05:20 PM Thread Starter
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Thx for the help Buck, Proost. I now have an idea what to do with them, thx to your help
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