Clip Dying Leaves, Or Wait Until They Fall Off?

Discussion in 'Aquarium Plants' started by CPARKTX, Jul 11, 2017.

  1. CPARKTXValued MemberMember

    Is it best to clip off leaves that are dying, or wait until they fall off? Do the plants re-absorb useful nutrients from the leaves before they fall off?

    For plants like Amazon sword where there is a leaf attached to a long stem, where do you clip?
  2. TwoHedWlf

    TwoHedWlfWell Known MemberMember

    Best to clip, once they get so they're looking pretty rubbish. The plants don't really absorb anything, and it keeps you from having rotting leaves floating around the tank(Or minimizes it anyway)
  3. BeanFish

    BeanFishWell Known MemberMember

    Clip them.
  4. yukondog

    yukondogWell Known MemberMember

    I clip mine.
  5. Floundering_Around

    Floundering_AroundWell Known MemberMember

    When a leave senesces (dies) the plant is reabsorbing the nutrients from the leaf to reuse. On a larger scale, deciduous trees do the same thing in the fall/autumn and use the energy they regained to grow again in the spring.
    IMO, I would leave them until they are completely clear at which point they will completely disintegrate or detach themselves from the plant, which tells you the plant is ready

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