You really need to wait until it has about three leaves of about 1/2 to 3/4 inch long then just pluck them offCool! I just noticed that my java fern--which I had planted in gravel for a while because I was waiting on my driftwood to come in--has produced a TON of little babies now that it's on driftwood!
So you can just pull them off the leaf they are growing on when they get bigger? I can't wait to put them on the small piece of driftwood I'm getting for my betta tank.
Isn't it nice to know your plants are happy .Their really cool looking to just leave the plantlets on and let them get really big.OK! Because I think there's a few ready to go then, and we just picked up a new piece of wood to go in our betta tank that's boiling right now.
Edit: I just looked underneath one of the other big leaves on the java, and this thing is COVERED with dozens of babies that haven't curled around to the top yet! Is this normal? This thing is like exploding with babies. I bet we have 30 of em.