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Stupid question here

So Iíve always struggled with stem plants & trimming them to have them grow ďbushyĒ

I always end up with them growing tall and very empty looking.

I know youíre supposed to trim frequently to get this look, but where do I trim, Iíve always believed if you trim the ďmother stemĒ then where you cut you will get two stems from that, and then again when you cut them stems but I believe I also am wrong, Iíve been looking all day to find a very basic confirmation of trimming procedure to clarify this for me but no luck


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Not a stupid question, usually what you want to do is do a mid section trim and replant and more stems will pop up from where you cut and it starts creating this adjacent looking "branch" and you continue to do that.


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Not a stupid question, usually what you want to do is do a mid section trim and replant and more stems will pop up from where you cut and it starts creating this adjacent looking "branch" and you continue to do that.

Okay thatís simple, thank you, so basically wait until the stem is roughly twice as long as it needs to be, replant the trimming, then just keep that going until itís got that bushy look? Whatís the shortest youíd trim down to?

I planted some Ludwigia Palistris Super Red Mini yesterday, spaced them about 1 inch apart as Iíve made mistakes before by creating a jungle of aerial roots


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With my ludwigia repens I just keep cutting and it kept branching, there's always going to have "lesser stems" at the bottom but that's normal. Be patient and you'll have a bush in no time (or grow pearlweed).


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You donít have to replant the tops, only if you want to expand the number of plants.
To get bushyness:
https://www.aquasabi.com/aquascaping...que-for-plants
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