Trimming Plant

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26 Feb 2014 19:57 #1 by Gonefishy (Brian oneill)
Hi There. Got two small cuttings from a forum member a while back - he actually put them in a bag with a small bit if water and posted it to me - fair play as not many people would go to the effort of going to the post office etc....don't have his details as they were deleted when site was updated recently...THANKS though!

Anyway, the plant I was referring to is the big broad leafed bushy one on left hand side - it has grown unbelievably given it went through the national,postage system! Want to trim it but not exactly sure how best to do this. I lopped off the top of it a few weeks back and replanted it and it's growing big time. Thing is the leaves under the top canopy obviously aren't getting as much light and not doing as well as those on very top. So if I cut off the top I'll be left with inferior leaves below - will they recover? Anyone know the name of the plant by any chance as well?? Thx!
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27 Feb 2014 01:28 #2 by platty252 (Darren Dalton)
The tank is looking good Brian.
I like the way you have just 2 types of Discus in there. A lot more appealing to the eye than having a mixed bag of colors.

Anyway the plant looks like hygrophilia corymbosa. As you have discovered it can grow fast and need a bit of maintenance.
Any leaf that goes bad should be removed. The plant will just use up energy trying to save damaged or dying leaves.

Once the leaves of most stem plants are shaded for any length of time they will die off. The way to hide the lower parts of exposed plants is to plant lower growing plants on front of it. A nice mid-ground plant.

to trim the plant it is probably best to cut it at the base, cut to the height you want it, remove some lower leaves and replant.
You can just hack away and cut to the height you want but it wont look as nice.

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28 Feb 2014 16:33 #3 by Gonefishy (Brian oneill)
Thanks so much Darren....I'll do just that...b

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05 Apr 2014 23:46 #4 by proca (Peter)
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Hi Gonefishy :)
it was me :) sorry for late answer, I didnt follow forum since december but i'm back.

yes, it is hygrophilia corymbosa stricta,
i love your tank :cool:

BR
Peter

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06 Apr 2014 07:55 #5 by Gonefishy (Brian oneill)

proca wrote: Hi Gonefishy :)
it was me :) sorry for late answer, I didnt follow forum since december but i'm back.

yes, it is hygrophilia corymbosa stricta,
i love your tank :cool:

BR
Peter

Thanks Proca...I very much appreciate you posting me those cuttings as the plant has really take off and swung the balance in terms of my war with black beard algae.....owe you one! I regularly have trimmings from this plant so if I can pass on the favour to anyone on the forum just please let me know.....

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