06-26-2019, 09:41 AM
Join Date: Jan 2019
Originally Posted by christinamac910
I have always had success splitting crypts, specifically wendtii green and bronze. Whenever the plant got to a good size and was too big for my liking for the area it was in, I would split it into 2-3 plants (depending on the original size) and replant the "babies." I just did this a few days ago and the mother plant and "babies" are both doing well and sprouting new leaves.
How I Split
Take the plant out of the water. Looking from the top down, find a natural crease or crevace (even if it's just a hint) between the rosettes dividing the plant in half. This is where you will split. Using sharp plant scissors snip along that crease just enough to separate the rosettes so you can gently start to pull the two halves apart. The roots will be entangled and you'll see some roots go with one half and some go with the other half. Gently untangle to preserve the roots. Once untangled the two halves should be completely or almost completely separated. Use the sharp scissors to make a final snip or two to separate. I find the more I mess with the roots, the more likely I will see leaves melt. So try to not cut them and just separate them.
When replanting make sure not to bury the root crown. Just plant like normal and then give the crypt a little upward tug to expose the root crown.
Thanks for this! This is the exact type of splitting that I was thinking of doing, although now that my crypt has started colouring up a bit, I think I'll hold off just in case any of those nice brown leaves decide to melt 🙂