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Re: Amazon Sword too big
> In my dirt garden, with hostas or any perennial, I would spade into the soil,
> cut the plant in half, and keep one half planted, move or compost the other
> half - can I work the same way with an amazon sword plant that has gotten too
If you look closely at the base of the plant you may find that the
leaves emerge from more than one center. If so then you can use a sharp
knife to separate the centers into separate plants.
I've also found one way that might help control the size of a large
sword plant without splitting the plant. I had a "mother" sword that
filled a 20-gallon tank. For I while I thought putting out lots of baby
plants was useful and novel behavior. Then I had 20 baby plants and
nothing to do with them. I uprooted the plant and found that it had a
3" rhizome, so I snapped the rhizome off, trimmed off lower leaves and
long roots and replanted the plant. The plant stopped putting off baby
plants and its leaves stayed a bit smaller than before.
Of course, some types of swords just get big. If your "amazon sword" is
actually a melon sword (E. osiris) a radicans sword (E. cordifolius), E.
uruguayensis or most any of the other sword plants then it may just be a
big plant. In that case you can probably just count yourself as a good
aquatic gardener for getting it to its natural size and move the plant
to bigger quarters, like a whiskey barrel.