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smit3183 05-14-2012 11:48 AM

cutting/ trimming yellowing leaf on amazon sword
 
Do I cut the whole stem of the yellow leaf or just cut the leaf off?

Boredomb 05-14-2012 01:12 PM

The whole stem. Get as close to the base as you can. Its best.to get all of it other wise.it will rot.

Termato 05-14-2012 01:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Boredomb (Post 1080814)
The whole stem. Get as close to the base as you can. Its best.to get all of it other wise.it will rot.

Yes, if you do not cut the entire stem it will slowly wither into tiny strands of organic fibers rotting away.

I found out the hard way hahaah.

smit3183 05-14-2012 01:15 PM

Thanks

smit3183 05-14-2012 01:28 PM

does a new stem replace the one I cut?,because i dont want to end up with a skinny sword

Termato 05-14-2012 01:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by smit3183 (Post 1080826)
does a new stem replace the one I cut?,because i dont want to end up with a skinny sword

Cutting the old rotten stem will facilitate new growth.

After cutting some of my dead leaves / stems, my plant started to grow faster as it did not have to waste all those minerals on the rotting stem and leaf.

If you really feel weird about it take a picture and we can give u better advice.

Byron 05-15-2012 10:10 AM

On a healthy sword, new leaves will emerge from the centre of the crown. The older outer leaves will eventually yellow and can be removed as others have mentioned. Growth can be intermittent or somewhat steady. Intermittent means the plant goes through growth spurts with rest periods in between; during the growth several new leaves may emerge in succession. Some plants tend to send out a new leaf now and then.

Byron.


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