Pruning Plants

  1. FrankdaTank Member Member

    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.
     
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  3. AlyeskaGirl Fishlore VIP Member

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

  4. FrankdaTank Member Member

    Awesome threads, thank you both!