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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-13-2007, 01:19 PM Thread Starter
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Amazon Sword Babies Question.

I just bought a beautiful Amazon Sword with 3 babies.

It had been floating horizontally in a pond.

The babies don't seem to know which way is up or down as the leaves are growing in a starlike pattern (all over) with no well defined roots.

I believe this is from the LFS constantly taking it out then placing it in a different position.

This is my 1st experience with babies on a runner or shoot or rhizome.

What should I do????
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-13-2007, 01:26 PM
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Just plant the motherplant where you want it and leave the plantlets on the flower stalk till they have at least a couple of good and, say, at least 3'' long roots (the more the better). The plantlets will reorient themselves slowly towards the light and surface but you might still have to prune them a bit when you take them off the stalk. There might actually be more than one plantlet per node (whorl) so that might add to the plantlets growing all over, too.

When the babies have enough roots you can either just twist them off the stalk and plant them, or you can cut the stalk and then plant the babies. In the latter case, you'll end up having a small bit of stalk amongst the babies' roots decomposing in the substrate - but a small amount is not that harmful.
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Thanks.

I took the stalk and burried some of it in the gravel leaving the plantlets above.

I was hoping this would help them figure out which way is up.

I'll set them free this afternoon.
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Oh, that is alright with them as well. You can leave them like they are now!
They will put out roots and get directly anchored to the substrate if you do.
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The same thing has happened to me.
This summer I bought 2 amazon swords each with 3 or 4 baby plants on them. I just let the baby plants stay connected to the larger plants and fixed them in place by putting a few weights (rocks) over a section of the flower stem (vine they grow from).

As long as you secure the baby plants in a fixed position they will eventually grow roots and leaves. They will eventually root themselves in most substrates.

So what is your tank setup?
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So what is your tank setup?
90 gallons

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It seems like your setup should be great ok for them. could use more light though.

Just a note on amazons they take up alot of nutrients, particularly iron and can grow to be really big.
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I have cut them from the stalk in the past and layed them in the top of my tank underneath the light to grow out. Once they develop nice healthy roots I then plant them or list them in swap n shop.

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