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What is the best way to trim jungle vals? I've read that any leaf you trim back will just die. Is that right? These guys are liking something as they are getting full and super long now...did I mention the runner yet?
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I trimmed my vals and I can tell you that I will never do it again.

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I trimmed my vals and I can tell you that I will never do it again.
how come? I need to do something with some of mine soon as well. sure don't want the leaves dieing
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A chainsaw is good for jungle vals.

Seriously, when I had a big tank full of them I just used my long handled trimming shears to cut the leaves an inch or so below the water line. The cuts would turn brown, but the leaves stayed green. I never saw any bad effects of doing this. I was doing this once a week for a couple of years.

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Yeah, when you cut them the last inch or two turns brown but the rest is fine. Looks kinda yucky but better than them taking over your whole tank.
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A chainsaw is good for jungle vals.

Seriously, when I had a big tank full of them I just used my long handled trimming shears to cut the leaves an inch or so below the water line. The cuts would turn brown, but the leaves stayed green. I never saw any bad effects of doing this. I was doing this once a week for a couple of years.

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i guess you can pull off older leaves and let the growth get tall again. but then again , if its growing fast and healthily you may kill the plant by peeling or trimming away all the older leaves. I've never tried it myself but i know vals are hardy.


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The first time I trimmed they they didn't die back, they actually grow better. The last time i did this they died back so far and melted to the substrate. They are finally growing back but way slower and runner production stopped.

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My jungle vals are long and stemmy. Never cut leaves before, just stems.
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Well, I trimmed them back but I had to as is was getting gunky.
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I'm not sure there is any limit to how long the leaves of most vals will grow, especially for "jungle val". They just keep getting longer and draping across the top of the tank, back and forth. You can make a nice looking aquascape with some vals draped partway across the top of the tank, but after that they just block all of the light from other plants.

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Update: The leaves didn't melt away or die. They just turned a little brown. They already need to be trimmed again. I will eventually trade these for something requiring less maintenance.
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