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    D. Filiformis Propagation

    Hey I had a leaf break on my Filiformis about a month ago so I cut it into 3 1.5-2 inch strips and sat them on moist peat outside in full sun with the rest of my plants. All three have plantlets growing now that are still very tiny. One already has dew!!!! My question is, how long do I need to wait to transplant? And how do I transplant since there're multiple plantlets growing on each leaf

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    You can do it at any time. Just make sure that you remove plant and surrounding media, so as not to expose the roots.

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    I still need to try this.

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    What I do at this stage (the leaf with plantlets at the top of the pic) is carefully cut the leaf between each plantlet with small scissors, then wait until they have 3 or 4 leaves on them before transplanting so that the roots are more formed and less fragile. Filiformis are pretty touch though, so they may do okay if you separate and transplant them now.

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    So how do you do this? Just cut a leaf and lay it on the soil and it grows more amazing, little filiformis babies??

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    Quote Originally Posted by lil hokie View Post
    So how do you do this? Just cut a leaf and lay it on the soil and it grows more amazing, little filiformis babies??
    Yup pretty much. I did some of this last year but I just floated them in water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lil hokie View Post
    So how do you do this? Just cut a leaf and lay it on the soil and it grows more amazing, little filiformis babies??
    I cut a leaf and lay it in LFS in a shallow container with the water level kept at the surface. Floating the leaf cuttings in pure water also works good. With the water floating method, after plantlets have started to form I move the leaves to very wet LFS and slowly decrease the amount of water to adapt them to growing in soil.

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    These are the same leaves about three months later, badly in need of separating and transplanting.
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    That makes a cool mini fili-forest. I like the look of it; is it detrimental for the plants' health to keep it like that?

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