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Mother-plants wilted to 3" plants, rescuable?

Just given 2 tiny amazon swords plants, they are about 2"-3" with small root system. The previous owner said he brought them as mother-plants about 18 months ago and they were about 18" or so.

Are they still rescuable? meaning back to their former glory?
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sure....lottsa light and root tabs and they will be growing outta your tank in no time

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Yes, they are still rescuable, and will make it back to their original large glory. Time and patience is gonna be the end key result.

Here's what I had to do to bring my amazon back to life. Uproot the plant if you haven't done so already. Remove all the dead leaves and stems. If it's down to a 3inch plant, it should still have a core.

Now, with all the dead stuff removed, get the remaining roots all nice and hanging down. With a sharp pair of scissors, cut a little bit off the roots at an angle.

Stick a fert. tab in the substrate where your gonna replant the sword, then put the sword on top of the fert. tab. Now, it's just takes time and patience. Make sure you have GOOD lighting. 2.8 watts per gallon or higher.

I do not use CO2. So I made sure there was about 2.5 watts being shined on the plant for 12 hours a day. It does not grow fast, but you should start seeing new stems shouting out of the middle in about 4 days. I then started the adding Flourish twice a week.

After a months time I had about 12-15 stems and very nice looking leaves and is around 8 inches in height!


This is my experience. Hope things go good for you.


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sounded like a plan! LOL, I am gonna put them in my hospital tank to nurse them back to good health. Basing on what you guys said, I am guessing that it would be 2 months project?
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my amazons grew wicked fast....i was pruning it every two weeks...

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Wondering if it would be faster to grow normal petshop 6" plants to say 20" or to nurse these wilted former mother-plants back to full size.
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i dunno....how fast do you want them to grow.....or how big....they can grow very large...
my swords were averaging a new leaf every week..... is that fast enough

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More ferts, CO2, and Light will make them grow faster. Just all really depends on how fast you want them to grow and how big you want them to be.

I do not mind that mine grow slow.
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