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Monday, 22 October 2012

Java Fern Plantlets

One thing that has always fascinated me about the Java Fern is the way it reproduces the plantlets.

You will find them growing on the very leaves of the mother plant, literally forming as tiny carbon copies.

Eventually in the wild (i gather) the plantlets will be released to be carried in the water currents with the hope of snagging something and gripping hold.

I've noticed since adding my Java Fern a few weeks back, there are several small plantlets already growing. The mother plant also seems to be getting a grip and new growth seems to be appearing along the rhizome with the anchor roots seemingly spreading slightly, looking to get a grip on the other piece of bog wood it is currently propped up against.

If the Java Fern does take off (and i hope it does) i will probably look at starting to remove the Valis plant to make way for it.

I also read that Java Fern is very dependant on fertilizers and iron in the planted tank as it does not root in the substrate of course. I have already decided to expand on my use of Seachems Flourish products to hopefully keep all this in check, more on that in a later post.

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One of the new plantlets found on the leaf tip.

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