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Odd stem plant trimming question

So I know that when trimming stem plants (for example my rotala rotundifolia), I go down 2/3rds and keep the bottom 1/3 planted and replant the other 2/3 top around/middle. I do this so I can get a lot more of it over time so I don't have to buy more. My question here was that would you be able to do that to the top 2/3 stem that was just trimmed off the main plant within the same or next day, thus only leaving the middle portion? I mean eventually, that's what some of the plants are, middle portions now, (they were trimmed off the top of another, replanted and sat for a bit to grow, and the tops are trimmed off) but this is obviously with time. If you can't how long should I be waiting? they grow rather quickly.

If you can trim off immediately after, then can that mean that I can cut the plant into multiple sections, like if it was really long, cut it into 5 sections.

Thank you so much, sorry if it sounds a bit obvious whether or not you can do it, I was just curious.
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Yeah, you can cut the stem into many sections if its long, and if the sample is healthy. Sometimes, trimming rather than replanting can result in a denser "bush" as the stem portion sprouts many side shoots. Different plants respond differently to pruning though. Some plants look better as they are heavily pruned, others look best if the top is replanted.

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I have what I believe to be a healthy tank that seems to grow most anything well for me and I AM having trouble/w some Rotala
which got damaged. I apparently got heavy handed/w it when planting the stems and some(most) of them rotted off below the
surface. Didn't notice it for days as they were put behind other Rotala. But their growth stopped and after one floated up I found
that most were barely still attached to the bottom but by a few fibers of the rotted part. This left me/w pieces about 4" long as
they were small from the store. Three remain of them that are still growing but they still have yet to pass 2" of growth in a bit more
than a month. And one piece of a fourth one which had a fairly healthy looking top, but was only about 1.5" of it left, has refused
to either die or grow. Moral to this is be careful how short you cut them. Any which are over 4-5" seem to do much better than
the shorter pieces and I attribute it mostly to lack of light intake.
From the store these plants were not the best of shape that I've seen but the color was fabulous and it convinced me that I needed
them(yea) because of the old issue/w "it's been quite a while since there was any change in here"...
P.S. There is but a couple of the fabulous colored leaves visible due to it being behind another plant(s) but that Magenta color was from
top to bottom on them.

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