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Hi all,

OK, I think it's about time for me to remove some of the dead and dying leaves of my LFS plants.

All of my giant Hygros are in need of a serious trim. They all have dead leaves that I'm pretty sure aren't helping the plant. Should I trim these off now? And if I should, where do I trim the leaf off at?

I also have a very large amazon sword and few of its leaves are poking through the top of the tank. I'd like to keep the leaves below the waterline, so can I just trim the tips of the leaves off? Or do I need to trim off the whole leaf?
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For most plants you need to pull the entire leaf.

If you cut the leaf you damage the structures of the leaf that carry nutrients, etc. Eventually the leaf can rot or simply die off anyway.


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You can clip the leaves of the plants mentioned down close to the plant body. Same proceedure for the sword. Unless you have a very large and tall tank, prepare to be doing a lot of pruning on it.
Every one I've ever had out-grew the tank with the exception of there small or micro varieties.

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All righty. So I should just cut at where the leaf meets the stem?
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No.......if you do you'll have an unsightly stub. Try to clip down towards the plant body.

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Whoops, that's what I meant. "Trunk", not stem :P. I'm actually hoping that these swords will send off shoots. I remember having a couple in my first tank that did that.
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If you talk about Hygrophila, yes, where the leave meets the stem. No point in waiting until the leaves disintegrate completele.

I trim my swords by pushing down the leaf on the base of its stem until they snap off. This is cleaner than cutting them, which always leaves a little stub that starts to rot and might affect the rest of the plant.

If the leaves of your sword are constantly growing out of the water, the best solution would be to yank it out and put something in its place that fits your tank. I had one sword (forgot the species... rangeri?) that would just head straight for the surface of my 23" tall tank. It ended up being compost :twisted: and instead there is an amazon sword there now which behaves much nicer.


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Yea, I was thinking about taking the plant out, but it's just looks too good. I'll post the pic once the cyano, hair, and greenwater clears up
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Nope, don't know how to make one
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