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Thread: Java Fern?

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    I havent been able to find any infomation on this but.. I received my java fern about a month and a half ago. It had little black/brown spots on one side of the leaves that I assumed were snail eggs. But I wasnt sure because the spots were all uniform in size and evenly and symmetrically spaced. So I just added it to see what happens. I cant take a picture right now but some of the spots seem to be turning into plantlets that look like a cross between a small java fern and C. parva. But some of the spots, have some other growth coming out of them.. At first I thought it was algae but never had the chance to wipe it away.. but now it kind of looks very plantlet like as well but very bushy/hairy looking and looks less like the other plantlets and more like a miniature version of Asparagus aethiopicus 'Sprengeri'.

    Any idea what that is?

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    That is java plantlets, it is how the plant reproduces.

    Let them grow out, they'll make a tiny plant of leaves and roots....then you can break or cut them off and plant elsewhere, just keep the rhizome above the substrate.
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    A couple weeks ago when I was in my LFS buying plants I noticed that they had pieces of Java fern on the bottom of the tank, I asked the employee who was helping me and he agreed to give me the remaining bits, at first it looked very menial, but I went ahead and tested this anyway and wrapped with cotton sewing thread the small pieces to a piece of driftwood in my tank. It is starting to actually carpet the driftwood, I really wasn't expecting the Java fern to even survive let alone start to grow. This stuff is really indestructible.
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    Yes, java fern is the easiest plant to keep grow, IMO

    Here's some images of the "plantlets" that you are seeing

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    Yeah as many have stated that's one way it reproduces-they are "spores" and the babies grow from them and eventually fall off and "grow up" (growing up is so over-rated!). They can also produce buds (clones) on their roots.
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    Congrats on your healthy, growing Java Fern.

    I keep intending to buy some of the regular JF variety.

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