Re: Moving an Amazon Sword
To: Aquatic-Plants at actwin_com
Subject: Re: Moving an Amazon Sword
From: Stephen.Pushak at hcsd_hac.com
Date: Wed, 23 Aug 95 1:20:03 PDT
In-Reply-To: <199508221939.PAA06095 at looney_actwin.com>; from "Aquatic-Plants-Owner at actwin_com" at Aug 22, 95 3:39 pm
Mailer: Elm [revision: 70.85]
> From: dswanson at banyan_pfc.forestry.ca (Darin Swanson)
> I would appretiate any advice on proper procedure for moving,
> pruning and splitting (?) of this plant.
Pruning: remove the outside leaves from this or other rosette plants
when they get too big or start to have algae by pinching or snipping
them close to the base. Any remaining stalk will begin to decay after
a time and may get algae. You can pull this off when it gets soft as
part of regular maintenance.
Transplanting: remove about half the length of the roots leaving only
enough to hold it securely in place. Using your finger press a hole
in the substrate and insert the roots as deep as you can into this hole.
With a clay or fine substrate additive, this needs to be done with a
minimum of disturbance to avoid stirring it up. I hold the roots
between two fingers and thumb and poke my finger tips into the soil.
After back filling, gently pull the plant up until the crown of the
roots is just at or slightly above the level of the gravel. If you left
enough roots, it stays there; if too much, the over long roots tend to
Propagating: healthy plants frequently send out a "runner" or stalk
with a tiny plantlet growing at nodes along its length. Sometimes this
floats toward the surface. You can either root this as attached or
wait til the plant is large enough (about 10 leaves), detach and
plant as before.