03-06-2010, 05:40 PM
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Originally Posted by xxabc
I understand the trimming, however you mentioned trimming it at the bottom, and at the top. It seems to matter where you cut it though. When would I know to cut it at the bottom, and at the top?
When you trim a stem plant, pull the stem out of the gravel. Starting at the top (the nice end), look down the stem to where the leaves start to yellow or fall off, and cut it there. Then toss away the lower part and plant the cut end of the top part in the gravel. You can make the top part shorter than this, it's up to you, but you want to cut off the lower part up to at least where the leaves look ratty. Or if they are still OK, you can still cut the stem just to shorten the plant. Stem plants usually grow quite fast, they use a lot of nutrients to do so, and can easily get out of hand. Once they reach the surface and start to frow along the surface, they usually shade the lower portions too much which is why the lower leaves yellow and die. Some do this more than others.