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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-12-2005, 02:35 AM Thread Starter
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Diplidis Diandra (blood stargrass)

Does anyone have any advice on how to properly prune this plant so that it stays healthy and green? It seems that the bulk of the green growth is on the ends of the stems and as it grows out it becomes brown. So trimming it would pretty much get rid of the green growth only to leave the brown stems underneath until new growth grows in? Just curious on anyone else's take with this plant.
Also, should I have planted each individual strand separately or does it do ok planted in a bunch?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-12-2005, 02:44 AM
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This plant does really well for me in higher light with stable CO2 and a good fert routine. It grows nice and green with red highlights when it gets to the top of the tank.

I usually try to plant it in no more the 3 in a bunch. Once it reaches the water line it will start to branch and you can plant those as well. I havent had much luck with leaving the roots in. You might get a few sprouts using that method, but i dont really thing its worth it. I usually pull the whole thing out, top it, and replant it.

Hope this helps.

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I generally like to keep the pretty top growth. But I have pruned away the tops on my didiplis diandra a few times, it fills out pretty quickly. I don't have a problem keeping the lower part full of leaves, even when the bottom is completely shaded. and I keep it as a bunch with plant weight.

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so basically I planted them correctly and have a good dosing routine for fertilization and my light is very fine at 4wpg. I guess I just need to pull em up and trim off the bottom areas then up to where I see some good roots and replant. The growth is around 6 - 7 inches at this time but would like to keep them small, around 5 inches high. The coloring on the top half of each stem is a vibrant green with a reddish tinge on the newer shoots. A pretty plant so I hope what I propose will be a step in the right direction.
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