Can I 'trim' The Roots On My Java Fern?

  1. Algonquin

    Algonquin Well Known Member Member

    I've got a Java Fern that I was given a few months ago - it is fairly mature, but didn't adjust very well to my tank. A few of the larger leaves came off - there still are a few left, and it has lots of new growth, so I guess it was just acclimating.
    The brown roots are massive - to me it looks like a giant icky hairball in my tank :yuck: I've tried shoving them into the substrate, while keeping the rhizome above it, but it doesn't really work. If I trim the roots back, say to a couple of inches, will that harm the plant?
    thanks :)
     
  2. bryangar

    bryangar Well Known Member Member

    It wouldn’t hurt the plant but ferns really aren’t meant to be planted. Get a small rock and tie it with some sewing thread.
     
  3. OP
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    Algonquin

    Algonquin Well Known Member Member

    Sorry, I should have been more clear... it's tied to a rock with thread. My issue is that the stringy roots are about 6 inches long, so I've kind of rolled them up into an ugly ball, and that sits beside the plant. If I could trim the roots so they're shorter, it would look a whole lot nicer.. but I don't want to harm the plant.
     
  4. bryangar

    bryangar Well Known Member Member

    Oh okay, yeah it’s fine to trim the roots.