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    Perfect trimming technique for plants

    How to trim stem plants with ADA

    In Nature Aquarium, trimming is not merely a process to adjust the height of stem plants but it is a must-master technique in order to enhance the density of stems and leaves and to grow beautiful plant clusters.




    A. Basic Method for Trimming Stem Plants







    ADA Trimming scissors

    Cut short at the beginning


    For grown stem plants, cut them short for the first trimming. The point is to cut immediately above a node.









    ADA Trimming scissors

    Cutting position after second trimming


    From the second trimming, cut the plant at a position higher than the previous trimmings. This will allow the stem to branch out.









    ADA Trimming scissors

    Lateral bud grows and stem branches out


    If a terminal bud is cut off, some lateral buds will grow and the stem will branch out. A stem will become like a broom by repeating this process.









    B. Method of Replanting a Branched Stem







    ADA Trimming scissors

    Cut a stem into several pieces


    Cut a stem into several pieces which has a terminal bud. Throw the old and hard original stem away.









    ADA Trimming scissors

    Align the stem length


    In order to make the planting easier, gather the stems having similar lengths and trim them to the same length with scissors. Align the level of terminal bud and cut the bottom part of the stem.









    ADA Trimming scissors



    Plant the stems with Pinsettes


    For stem plants, hold the bottom part of the stem with Pinsettes to plant. If it has large leaves, remove them on the bottom part.









    Trimming of Stem Plants in an Actual Layout




    ADA Trimming scissors



    User-friendly Trimming Scissors



    3 weeks after planting [Before trimming]


    ADA before trimming



    Stem plants grow up to the water surface in 3-4 weeks after planting. This is the timing for the first trimming.



    3 weeks after planting [After trimming]


    ADA after trimming



    The point of the first trimming is to cut the plant as short as possible. Trimming Scissors are useful.



    ADA Nature Aquarium trimmed



    Subsequently, repeat the trimming of stem plants in the same way. The layout will perfectly look better with lush stems and leaves..


    Main aquatic plants used: Hemianthus Glomeratus / Micranthemum unbrosum / Rotala spec. 'Green' / Eleocharis vivipara
    Tank size: W90×D45×H45 (cm)



    Source and Copyright of the article/photos - Aqua Design Amano - ADA