Vegetative Or Flower?

Discussion in 'Aquarium Plants' started by MaeKay, Jul 15, 2017.

  1. MaeKayValued MemberMember

    This is an offshoot of my Amazon sword. Is that a plantlet that will grow roots and I can pick off eventually? Or is it a flower stalk?

    My rosette sword was much more compact and grew roots before I pinched them off. I have done this twice now and have two more beautiful rosette swords.



  2. Demeter

    DemeterFishlore VIPMember

    Pretty sure it's a baby plant, pretty odd that it would go straight up though.
  3. aniroc

    anirocWell Known MemberMember

    It could grow flowers (at the nodes) above the water level or plantlets below. Flowers are small and only last a day or two. My avatar picture is an ozelot sword flower.

  4. ChiefBrodyValued MemberMember

    Right so it started a new plant at or close to the water line. Probably an adaptation to steal light from other lower plants. Definitely snip it and plant it/gift it/sell it. Congratulations you're propagating swords now
  5. OP

    MaeKayValued MemberMember

    Should I snip it before or after roots appear? I'm pretty excited to be able to propagate swords because a neighbor hasn't been able to. I started selling plants to at least fund my hobby/addiction.
  6. ChiefBrodyValued MemberMember

    If you snip it now put it somewhere it won't get disturbed by big digging/eating fish. I wait til the day of the auction and cut them then. Now that I have a refugium tho I can put them in there to grow out
  7. OP

    MaeKayValued MemberMember

    It did end up flowering. But I'm still going to try to snip them off and plant them. I only have small fish that don't dig or pick at the plants.
  8. aniroc

    anirocWell Known MemberMember

    Wait until they grow roots and leaves are few inches long. You can gently detach the baby sword from the stalk and plant it or you can weight down the stalk in a way that the plantlet touches the substrate and anchor itself. The stalk is very tough to break, cut it at the base with scissors.
  9. OP

    MaeKayValued MemberMember

    Turns out they were vegetative. I eventually got the top node to root so I pinched it off. The next two nodes below that have plantlets on them but no roots. I may pinch one off to experiment if it will root on it’s own. Everything else in my tank does.
  10. DoubleDutch

    DoubleDutchFishlore LegendMember

    Wait. Roots will occure on the plantlets.
    Then pinch them of.
  11. Jocelyn AdelmanFishlore VIPMember

    Agreed, wait for roots before removing. You can use plant weights to weigh down the stalk so it's not at water line.
  12. OP

    MaeKayValued MemberMember

    Good idea!

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