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.
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).
Pinch off the leaves about an inch above the cut.
Plant the cutting an inch deep so that the stem where you removed the leaves is covered with gravel.
Dig up the plants you wish to reproduce. Simply push away the gravel near the base of your plants and gently lift up.
Lay them on a cutting board and look at the roots to see the different rhizomes (ball-like root structures).
Cut the plant with a utility knife to separate the rhizomes. Each section should still have plant growth.
Replant the divided plants to the same depth as they were planted before. In time, they will grow into full size plants again.
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