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how short can i prune dwarf sagittaria without killing it?

i am finally beating bba in my tank and i want to get my dwarf sag a new face. I figure a really aggressive prune across the whole thing will allow for some new healthy and fresh growth that should be free from dreaded bba.

So how close to the substrate can I safely go?

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It doesn't take well to being cut like you cut grass. If you cut leaves in half they will begin dying back from the cut to the base. They look bad when pruned like that.

Either pull the entire leave off the plant (right down to the base) or throw out the entire plantlet and replant newer and smaller plants.
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oh... that sucks.

ok so the ut leaves will die BUT does that still mean the roots are still good and new fresh leaves will come?

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im not sure but I think it prob will.

im not the person to listen to though
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oh... that sucks.

ok so the ut leaves will die BUT does that still mean the roots are still good and new fresh leaves will come?
If there are healthy leaves on the plant it should come back after going through a trim shock. If there are no leaves the roots will die back as well.


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I had the same problem, and I trimmed off all of my sags to about a half inch or so. It took awhile for them to recover, but they did. I think all of the cut leaves did die back, but not all at once.

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You can mow the sag. The tips will yellow the brown and algae might being yo grow. Or you can cut entire leaves off each plant cutting 1/4 of each plant per week. In 1 month the plant will be cut entirely and the growth will not be stunted all at once.

I've done it all but now days, I opt to just let the stuff grow and do its thang.
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Thanks for the tips fish people.

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