Clip Dying Leaves, Or Wait Until They Fall Off?

  1. C

    CPARKTX Valued Member Member

    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

    TwoHedWlf Well Known Member Member

    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

    BeanFish Well Known Member Member

    Clip them.
  4. yukondog

    yukondog Well Known Member Member

    I clip mine.
  5. Floundering_Around

    Floundering_Around Well Known Member Member

    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