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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-10-2006, 12:19 AM Thread Starter
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Trimming Sword plants

How do you people trim your large sword plants?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-10-2006, 12:33 AM
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Take the leaf you want to trim an cut the entire leaf off as near the base as possible.

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Take the leaf you want to trim an cut the entire leaf off as near the base as possible.

thats really the only way. it sucks if you have really big ones like me, i tried to trim all the leaves that were coming out of the water and ended up with a plant that was only 25% the size of when i started.
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Yeah, just trim the older ones as close as you can. I have a melon sword with three bloom spikes with at least twenty little babies on them:-)
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You can also pull the older ones out. In this way you get (almost) all of it and nothing remains to decay in the tank. I take hold of the leaf stem quite close to the crown and pull it roughly horizontally. Usually they come off rather easily but sometimes you need to take care that the plant won't get pulled up. I've also cut the central, new leaves this summer from my Rosť sword. I tried to get it to stay in the tank... Well, it worked but the plant looked ugly...

It is also possible to pull up the whole plant and cut the root mass down to size. This will slow the plants growth for a moment. Potting it will do the same as the roots won't have so much space to grow to. Also, not giving root tabs will slow the plant (esp. if you are not doing EI or similar fertilisation to the water column).
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thanks for your help people
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