Java fern

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    Hi TASA
    I have a few cuttings of needle leaf java ferns ,they are approximately 30cm long .
    Can I cut them shorter and glue to a rock or driftwood?
     
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    Are they too long for your tank at 30cm or are they in bad shape?
    If they are rooted you can attach as is to hardscape. I won’t suggest cutting the leaf itself in half like you would for a stem plant, rather keep the leaves in tact.
    Perhaps remove any old or damaged leaves and simply float these to propagate - tiny baby plants with roots and leaves will develop on the actual leaf (at first it might be mistaken for algae). Once a couple of cm long these babies can be removed and attached to hardscape too.
     
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    I wanted to cut the stem/root 10cm shorter not the actual leave if this makes sense
     
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    Yes you can, just don't cut them too short at the roots or they will begin to die. I mean actually trim the roots to make it neater and easier to glue onto whatever you are planning to stick it to.
     
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    Will do
     
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    Ok I see. Are the roots super long and tangly which makes it difficult to attach?

    Yes perhaps trim the the roots to about 7 cm long and use a dark coloured cotton thread (sewing thread) to wind them around the hardscape if glue isnt working for you (glue should work well for younger plants).

    Perhaps to offset the root trim, remove the old & damaged leaves as discussed. This will help stimulate new growth from the rizome.
     
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    I cut mine back and they are still alive, doing very well to be honest. They will grow new ones over time, attaching new ferns (rhizomes, I think). It's been a while since I kept ferns.
     
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    Yeah like 2 3rds of the length of the whole cuttings
     
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    :lol: It’s difficult without pictures/ being there in person.

    The leaves and the roots attach to the rizome, which runs horizontally.

    You can trim the roots, just not too short. If you do, I suggest also removing the old and damaged leaves. Don’t cut the leaves in half / give them a haircut.

    You can also cut the rizome do divide the plant, making sure that there are roots and leaves attached to each piece of rizome.
     
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    You are confusing us with this terminology, making us think you're cutting the whole plant, not the roots.

    Lol
     
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    Ok @A new day this is quite interesting, I never knew this.

     
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    Oh and this is even more interesting

     
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    Here is a pic

    20190809_081309.jpg
     

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