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Old 03-25-2007, 02:17 PM   #1
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What would you do?

This anubius is getting a bit large for the 29g tank. It has been throwing roots and leaves every place. There are a few sprouts near the growing end that do not look like roots or leaves. Could they be new risomes starting?

Can I just cut the main risome and make two or more plants out of it?

Should I wait for these little spikes to grow out and see what happens?





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It looks very healthy, sparky. I think you can use you judgement and cut the rhizome. You might try using some kind of plant bandage on the cut end, like used in bonsai.

I know if you cut a tuber in half (potato) and plant both halves, the cuts will heal and the tuber will send new sprouts from the eyes. I believe a rhizome will do the same. I would certainly cut below the substrate if the rhizome is completely buried.

However, I haven't tried cutting a aqua plant rhizome.
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Old 03-25-2007, 02:31 PM   #3
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yes, you can cut it into a few separate plants, as long as all of the rhizome parts have roots.

Or, on the other hand, you can pack it up and send it to me. That always works.
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I used to cut mine only when they got to be over 3". And those "spikey" things may develop into a split in the rhizome (like a Y) But I would let it go for a while.

When it gets time to cut it, just snip it in half using sharp scissors (it's very tough to cut and you don't want to saw through it..)
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Ok, if there is a chance that they spikes will turn out to be a new rhisome, I will wait.

The current rhisome is over 5 inches at present. Maybe if it's starting to make new splits, I can keep it as a mother plant and use it to produce new plants?
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