Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Ontario, Canada
Pruning plants and the new growth, how to make it look good?
Been running my tank for a bit more than 2 months and I have notice when dealing with stem plants (rotala, asian ambulia, ect.) i would cut the stem at the desired high and replant the top. the original stem that was cut now has a blunt cut and prevents the growth to continue. what I have noticed and new growth start right below the cut and grows from there. after doing this more and more the older stems don't look as nice as the tops i replant. How can I trim and still get the desired look? maybe I need to cut it MUCH lower?
If 2 new growths come from the newly cut stem how does that effect the growth? I would imagine it would be as good as having just 1 shoot because nutrients would now need to be split causing possible deficiencies. is this a safe assumption?
How do you guys prune and still maintain new growth that looks good and is healthy?
75 Gallon Low Tech w/ Green Terror Pair