Pruning Plants

Discussion in 'Aquarium Plants' started by FrankdaTank, Jul 15, 2014.

  1. FrankdaTank

    FrankdaTankValued MemberMember

    Based on a previous post, I am going to prune my crypts. They have all grown HUGE and are curling over quite significantly in my 55 gallon tank. So here is a beginner plant keeper question--

    What is the proper way to prune these long leaves?
    Do I cut all the way down to the base of the stem? Or do I just snip where the leaves meet the stem?
    Should I snip the leaves back one at a time or is it ok to take a bunch back at once? Pretty much the whole plant has about 10 leaves that are extremely long.

    I don't want to have these lush plants kick the bucket because I trim too much.
  2. Beeker

    BeekerWell Known MemberMember

    There shouldn't be any problem with trimming them.
    Just think about how you would mow the lawn.

    These links might help.


  3. AlyeskaGirlFishlore VIPMember

    You want to trim them close to the base. If you leave a good part of stem then it will just rot away.
  4. OP

    FrankdaTankValued MemberMember

    Awesome threads, thank you both!

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