Question about Amazon Sword and stem with plantlets


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Jan 8, 2006
Katy, TX
My amazon sword has this big long stem sticking out with small leaves along the side and it looks like an all new amazon sword on the tip as well as up this stem there are several what look like small plants. Should I clip the top one off and plant it? Do you do the same to the other ones along the stem? Any info would be greatly appreciated.


Prolific Poster
Jan 30, 2006
Re: Question about Amazon Sword and stem with plantlets

I had this happen to me a few months back, so while I can't say what the 'proper' method is I can share my experience....

I just left them growing in mid-air. They grew well - not particularly large, but with very dense leaves and roots.

After a couple of months the protruding stem started to rot (just a little) and a bit of algae was growing on the roots so I pinched them all off and planted them. I was quite suprised to find that what I thought was 3 plants was actually 3 'clumps' of plants and nearer 10 individuals!

So imho the choice is yours, leave them or plant them. Personally I think they look quite eye catching hanging out in mid air :)


Guru Class Expert
Nov 25, 2005
Re: Question about Amazon Sword and stem with plantlets

one of the ways swords reproduce ;) If you dont like the way it looks you can cut off the runner at the base of the mother plant and toss it. Or if you want to raise the smaller plants your best bet is to leave them attached to the mother plant until they get large enough to support them selves, and are at a point where if they are planted they wont constantly be floating away. So in other words wait until the new plants have several leaves and a nice root system starting so there is enough to keep the plant anchored.