How to Reproduce Aquarium Plants


Aquarium plants are a valuable addition to your fish tank. They absorb the carbon dioxide that the fish emit and convert into oxygen. If you want to reproduce--or propagate--your aquarium plants, fortunately, there are two simple ways for the average fish owner to accomplish this: through cuttings or division. Cuttings are a good choice if you need more plants but want to keep your current plants close to the same size as they are now. Division is a good choice if your plants are crowded or you want to give some to a friend.


Step 1

Take a cutting from either the top of the plant or one of the offshoots on the side. Cut off about 6 to 8 inches just above a node (swelling in the stem).

Step 2

Pinch off the leaves about an inch above the cut.

Step 3

Plant the cutting an inch deep so that the stem where you removed the leaves is covered with gravel.


Step 1

Dig up the plants you wish to reproduce. Simply push away the gravel near the base of your plants and gently lift up.

Step 2

Lay them on a cutting board and look at the roots to see the different rhizomes (ball-like root structures).

Step 3

Cut the plant with a utility knife to separate the rhizomes. Each section should still have plant growth.

Step 4

Replant the divided plants to the same depth as they were planted before. In time, they will grow into full size plants again.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors or clippers
  • Utility knife


  • Plant Care
  • Animal World: Propagation of Aquarium Plants
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Melissa Lewis has been a professional writer since 2005. Her work has appeared in various online publications. A former elementary classroom teacher and media specialist, Lewis is also a script writer, with a movie script, "Homecoming," she co-wrote currently in production. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.