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Pruning E. Stella

Do you people usually cut the tops and replant or just cut the tops off and leave the base in?



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I cut and replant the tops. I think the bases would take too long to start growing and would probably get shaded.
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I do the same thing as Urkevitz.

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I leave the 'stumps' in place and plant the tops next to them and tend to end up with too many stems to deal with. It's amazing what grows back from the rooted stumps.

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It's amazing what grows back from the rooted stumps.
I'm finding the same thing. I just cropped and replanted the tops about a week ago, and the stumps already have sideshoots coming out all over the place -- not just at the top node, but all the way down the stem.


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Hey Urkevitz, I received the E. Stella and they were in excellent condition! Thanks a lot man. I spent like the whole day trying to plant the darn things because my Schultz substrate is so friggin' light! \\

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I'm hoping that the LFS gets some E. Stella in one of these days. They get it very rarely and I would like to get some more. I had a great big honking bunch of it but went on vacation and it got shaded and that was the end of my E. Stella.
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I will probably need to get rid of some in a couple weeks.
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If nobody can supply it, I'm sure I can get some to you rex, just give me about 2 weeks, maybe less. It grows amazingly fast, just that I want to replant the first time because these are my first stems.



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I've left rooted stubs of E. Stelleta as well and have recieved gifts of healthy side shoots from it. When trying to propegate I would definately leave the stubs. Of course E.S. side shoots and grows extremely fast as well, so either way you will end up usually with plenty of side shoots.

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Thanks guys. Back when I had it I was very surprised at how fast it grew. In fact it would take over about a quarter of my 55 gallon tank in just a couple of weeks. But let it get shaded and it melts really quick.
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But let it get shaded and it melts really quick.
You got that right. It is also a great nutrient indicator to let you know when your root tabs are dead and there aren't enough nitrates in the tank as well. E. Stelleta stunts real easy. I'm still working on growing out my bush of E. Stelleta for one tank, but if nobody hooks you up before I have some extra I'll help ya out Rex.

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corigan,

You are correct in that E. Stellata stunts with nitrates are low. In fact when I was growing it I had to remove most of the nitrates hogs from the tank because either I was not dosing frequently enough or they were out-competing the E Stellata for the nitrates.

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I had limited success with E. Stellata and never had a chance to grow it out That being said, I would cut the tops and leave the rooted portions in order to propagate. Just make sure they don't get shaded, as everyone has already mentioned.

I should be receiving some Stellata broadleaf soon. Hopefully I will have better luck with that.

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