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A simple Question about plants

Ok i never had any plants in my tanks before and im going to get some and i would like to know if plants make more plants like plant there own seeds and make little plants come up beside it.
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Some plants can set seed under water but more often then not they propagate by side shoots (off-shooting stems with leaves or low branches that reach out sideways and cast new root bases and plants as they travel - these are stem plants) or by runners (vines that travel across the gravel or directly under it while sprouting new plants - rosette plants). Amazon swords and Aponogetons usually send up flower stalks as their runner that can either grow plantlets or break the surface and produce a flower.


Java ferns (Microsorum pteropus) grow baby plants right on the face of the leaves (adventitious plantlets) that eventually release and attach elsewhere with the help of fuzzy roots that act like velcro, in a way. They can also travel by rhizome which is a vine a lot like a runner but attaches to wood and rocks much like a vine on a building or tree.

We don't rely on seeding plants so much in planted aquariums, to propagate we usually clip and replant the plantlets or extra stems after we prune the tank.

Here's a good read on plant types and propagation techniques, also explains a few other plant types.
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hmmm ok say you have a java fern and it grew pretty big and you wanted to trim it..where would you cut it at and because when you cut it a root doesnt come with it because you dont cut down that far..right?
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The important part of a java fern is the rhizome, just like anubias. If you chop out a chunk of the rhizome (the thick stalk the leaves and roots come out of) and attach it to a rock or wood, it'll grow.
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