Perfect trimming technique for plants
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
User-friendly Trimming Scissors
3 weeks after planting [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]
The point of the first trimming is to cut the plant as short as possible. Trimming Scissors are useful.
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)
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