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cutting java fern

>I've got some large java ferns that have attached themselves to
>driftwood.  The plants are too big and I would like to separate them.  If
>I cut the rhizome will it injure the plant.  How do I pull the plant from
>the driftwood without destroying it since the roots  have attached so
>well.  I can tug pretty hard and the plant doesn't budge.

Just pull it off the driftwood, and cut the rhizome with a sharp knife.  As
long as each section contains rhizome, a few leaves and a few roots, it
won't even look back.  If you happen to break a leaf off, just let it float
around the tank and babies will form on it.  Java fern is tough stuff!

Karen Randall
Aquatic Gardeners Association