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02-03-2014, 11:49 PM #1
Is it normal to replace plants regularly?
I find plants that grow too large and need trimming never look as good as when they did when first purchased. I find more often than not I end up chucking them and replaced them with fresh ones. Is this normal or am I trimming them wrong?
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02-04-2014, 12:41 AM #2
Maybe try trimming them more often. Don`t let them get so big then you won`t notice it as much when you have to trim your plants
I typically trim plants in my aquarium more than once each week
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02-04-2014, 12:43 AM #3
Trim the tops, discard the bottoms and replant the tops. This works well for most tall stem plants.
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02-04-2014, 01:12 AM #4
My experince is that plants will look better the older they get. You will most likely have to experiment a little with how you trim them. Cliff gives a good advice when he says a little but often. More exact advice depends on what type of plants we are talking about.Do as I say. Not as I do.
02-04-2014, 01:22 AM #5Member Angelfish
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I've sort of experimented with cutting my plants up near the water level and down low to the substrate. I'd recommend cutting low. Remember that aquatic plants behave pretty much the same as regular plants, where you cut, the plant will usually start growing two new stems and you want these to be low down, not at the top of your tank or you will be constantly trimming the new growth of your plant. I did this with Hygrophila Corymbosa, trimmed it at the top, hoping the plant would give up growing taller and bush out a little more but it doesnt, as expected the plant grows toward the light, and the top of the plant obviously gets the most light which encourages growth. The problem with Hygro specifically is it shoots out a lot of roots above gravel if youre not pruning correctly. I trim most of my plants a couple inches above the substrate.
02-04-2014, 06:04 AM #6