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RE: Amazon swords

> Date: Tue, 16 Dec 1997 08:29:43 +0000
> From: "Brad Grenard" <brgrenard at SMLY-01_HFS.PURDUE.EDU>
> Subject: Amazon Swords
> I have some amazon sword plants in a 55 gal. tank that have been 
> growing well for some time.  I'll soon be tearing down and moving the 
> tank and, obviously, re-planting all of my plants.  Over time, as the 
> swords have grown and old, lower leaves have been trimmed off, the 
> rhizomes of the plants have gotten larger until the crowns of the 
> plants are now well above gravel level.  Before I re-plant, should I 
> trim the rhizomes?  If so, how?  Any advice would be appreciated.

I just broke down my 45 high tank, and had a similar problem.  I 
found that once the AS was uprooted, the rhizome was fairly ready to 
be broken into pieces (divided).  I broke down one large plant to 
four smaller plants, approximately the same size the original plant 
was when I got it.  I haven't yet replanted the tank, but I'm pretty 
sure this is a natural, commonly used method for propagating these 
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