Dividing Sword Plants and Charley's Back!

Subject: [Q] Dividing my Amazon Sword
> I have an Amazon Sword growing in a 29 gallon tank.  I bought th
> about two years ago and put it in the substrate, leaving it in t
> container in which it came.  Recently, I've noticed that it appe
> dividing (either that or I actually purchased two in one pot!). 
> little I've read about swords tells me that after 2-3 years, the
> be repotted anyway and, depending on the overall health of the p
> should also be divided into 2-3 plants.
> My question is, "Are there any special steps I should take to en
> the repotting and division is a success, or should I simply cros
> fingers and hope for the best? ;)"

It's not unusual for a healthy Echinodorus sp. to develop a second 
crown.  I have always just used a sharp knife to cut vertically 
through the mass, separating the crowns.  Replant as usual and 
they should do fine.


> From: "Charlie Bay" <cbay at jeppesen_com>
> Date: Thu, 08 Feb 96 07:37:40 MST
> Subject: Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V1 #239

> I'm back... :-)

<snip a short-for-Charley post>

> Thanks for letting me back, Shaji.  I will be good this time.  I
> promise.  :-)

Welcome back Charley!  The place hasn't been the same without'cha!


Karen Randall
Aquatic Gardeners Assoc.
Boston, MA