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Does pruning help speed growth?

I know that pruning is used to control the shape of a plant, and that pinching the ends of some plants can promote bushier growth. But I think I've read posts that intimate regular pruning helps the growth of a plant. Is this right?

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This is true. The ugly/uneeded/unwanted stuff saps strength out of the plant that would otherwise be used for new growth. Pruning enables the plant to put more energy into promoting new growth instead of maintaining old growth.

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Does pinching stargrass make it more bushier? I trimmed it before, but it never sent out side shoots. Also, my didplis regularly sends out side shoots, but they quickly fall off the plant. Is this normal?

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Does pinching stargrass make it more bushier? I trimmed it before, but it never sent out side shoots. Also, my didplis regularly sends out side shoots, but they quickly fall off the plant. Is this normal?
Anthony, that sounds like some nutrient problem in the tank. Stargrass is very easy even under moderate light or shaded, it should branch like crazy no matter what you do/not do with trimming. Didiplis melted once for me before I got the hang of nutrient dosing. Now it does not melt even though the bottom is completely shaded, because I grow it as a weighted bunch, in a huge umbrella shape, and it is grown in warm water, though it is supposed to like it cooler.


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I have didiplis and have not seen this. It seems to grow fairly fast and I just cut it as needed --- it has a nice red tint to it, which looks great Also, my cabomba has been trimmed as the tops (newer growth) tend to be greener and lower down the stems tend to be brownish...there must be a deficiency somewhere. I just got some stargrass yesterday, so I'll try what you said to see if it works --- bushier looks nice, as this has worked with my wisteria.

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does this apply to slow-growers like anubias spp. too? if I take an ancient, hair-algae covered bad boy and chop the nastiest, most chlorotic leaves off, will I get better regrowth? or does the rhizome give a hoot?
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Provided growing conditions in your tank are good, cutting off old growth will promote new growth.
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