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Michael R. Monroe
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Username: mrmonroe

Post Number: 1205
Registered: 09-2004
Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2006 - 02:39 am:       

I won some in an auction on aquabid a while back. It has set up beautifully and is really starting to grow. In fact the leaves are starting to float on the surface of my 75. I want to trim them back should I just cut the leaves to the desired height (mow the lawn) or cut the tall leaves off at the base of the plant?
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cindy
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Post Number: 9794
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Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2006 - 06:30 am:       

I trim it a few inches below the surface, to buy myself an extra week before the next trim.

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Erin
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Post Number: 1036
Registered: 04-2004


Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2006 - 06:33 am:       

Tough call. I cut mine across at the desired length ocassionally to keep them from touching the surface when I have a duckweed outbreak. This causes a lot die back and browning of the remaining portion of the leaf and makes it more susceptible to algae. If you have the time and patience I would prune from the stem of the plant.
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cindy
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Post Number: 9795
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Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2006 - 06:36 am:       

That happened when I did the last big prune, I thought it was because I transplanted a lot of the volunteers to the back of the tank. Good to know.

I just got that neat little tool set from Brad so I'll prune from the bottom for now on.

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Michael R. Monroe
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Post Number: 1206
Registered: 09-2004
Posted on Friday, March 31, 2006 - 01:15 am:       

Thankyou Cindy and Erin I appriciate the input.
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cindy
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Post Number: 9813
Registered: 05-2003


Posted on Friday, March 31, 2006 - 07:12 am:       

Actually, you shouldn't thank me, just Erin. Mine was bad advice. I would be thrilled if it disappeared, so no one else would assume I knew what I was talking about and make the the same mistake with their vals....

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Michael R. Monroe
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Post Number: 1208
Registered: 09-2004
Posted on Friday, March 31, 2006 - 02:06 pm:       

Cindy-- However you took the time to give the advice. So many times in this world we take the time to help people and are never thanked. Especially in a forum setting like this where we don't get to see the results of whether or not our advice was read/heard I think it is important to acknowledge when someone has taken the time to try to help us. So I am going to make more of an effort to try to thank the people who take the time to try and help me.

Honestly I was going to do it your way when I posted this question but thanks to Erin's advice and your response I will be doing it the way Erin suggested. Now I just need to get one of those cool plant trimming kits like you have.
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cindy
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Post Number: 9817
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Posted on Friday, March 31, 2006 - 04:29 pm:       

They really are worth the investment. Before, I was using my kids round tipped scissors and wet to my armpit. Tedious enough to wait until it was long overdue to do it.

Now, like Sully, I trim a bit each day, and it stays nice. Tomorrow I will go in an trim all the ones that are dissolving at the top because of the haircut I gave them. Maybe that will stimulate them to send up some new shoots to replace them. In the future, I'll do 2 or 3 each day...at the base.

Thank you for asking about this, and Erin for answering!

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