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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 03-29-2006, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
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How best to keep stem plants in check

I got some Hygrophila polysperma and boy,it grows fast.
About every fortnight i have to prune it,but i was wondering the best way to go about this.
Is it best to just cut the tops off ........Or is it best to chop the tops off and then pull and discard the bottom part of the plant and then replant the top cuttings?
Does this make sense to anyone?
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It depends on the plant. Generally, replanting the tops is the best way to keep plants neat and straight. However, when you prune the tops and leave the bottoms rooted, the bottom plant will often produce new plantlets, which you may or may not want. In some cases, leaving the bottoms will encourage denser, bushier growth.

Hygro poly is one plant that will continue to branch and grow, either from leaving the bottom or replanting the top.

In my tank, older plant growth is more prone to algae, so I find myself discarding the bottoms of plants often due to algae-infected leaves. Newer growth is generally algae-free.

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