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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?

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Hi philipraposo1982,

Here is a link to a thread that helped me a lot when I was first learned to prune stem plants. After trimming it usually takes a couple of weeks for my stem areas to fill in and look good.

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thanks for the link it has given me some great info.

While reading, I notice people talking about lifting up older plants with bigmasses of roots and how it can release stuff in the water column. I just moved a bunch of dwarf sagittaria the other day, do i need to be concerned with this? or is it only a concern with really like tear down of large amounts of plants?

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When you up root a plant with a large root system do it slow and steady. This will prevent any leeching that could cause damage to the system. But its always a good idea to do water changes after uprooting and planting. I have to do this very soon as well. As far as trimming goes hink of trimming roses. If you cut on a leaf that goes left the new stem grows out of the node below that to the left. Same for the right and front and back. This will halp filling in dead space. I prune my roses this way and applied the theory to my plants. Works like a champ. After about 4-6 months its a good idea to do a trim keep the tops and get rid of the bottoms. While it takes alot of time it will often leave the tank looking better than a trim would every month or every week in my case.

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