Propagation of Echinodorus sp.
After my E.osiris became a bit leggy, and the older leaves
died as soon as a new one developed, I decided to be radical:
I pulled up the plant and cut its 2.5" long rhizome into two pieces.
The one piece with its (two) leaves I put back into the tank, while
the other went into a jar with a fairly strong solution of garden fertilizer
(for transplants) after I sprinkled some rooting hormone on it. I left
it in the jar for a few days , maybe for a week. When I started to
worry whether the rhizome might rot (there was some cloudy stuff
forming), I rinsed it and replanted it again in the aquarium, just deep
enough to leave the top exposed.
After three weeks I noticed new leaf tips growing all along
the length of the rhizome. There were about 5 or 6 spots were the leaves
grew from. Now, some of the leaves are about 3" tall, and are accompanied
by a second and a third leaf, while others are still small, but growing.
Can I expect a number of rosettes forming on this rhizome, or
will one of these "pre-rosettes" eventually inhibit the growth of the others?
If so, when should I cut the rhizome again so that I don't compromise
the nutrient reserves to the new plantlets?