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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-31-2014, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
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Ok so I'm going to trim back some of my plants for the first time.. It seems a shame to just throw the pruned plants away, as one of my friends has a large planted aquarium.. I was wondering is there a link or a how to guide for making cuttings ?????


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Aquatic plants are insanely easy to take cuttings from.

You cut the plant. You plant the cutting. Done.

Or, if it's got a rhizome--like anubias and java fern--you mount the cutting on something to keep the rhizome above the substrate. Or, if you have good enough root growth, tuck the roots into the substrate to hold the rhizome just on the substrate surface. While it's good to leave a few leaves on each piece of rhizome, it's not terribly unsual for a bare rhizome to happily sprout new leaves.

It's really that easy.
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You might want to just replant any stem plants you cut into your own tank to produce a denser thicket and to familiarize yourself with the process.
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Are you asking more so where you should cut on the stem?
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You might want to just replant any stem plants you cut into your own tank to produce a denser thicket and to familiarize yourself with the process.

That's not a bad idea
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When you replant a cutting, pull of the bottom pair of leaves and plant that area below the substrate... the new roots will grow from that node.

Regular trimming of stem plants will encourage them to branch out and get rid of tattered leaves etc.
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