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SinCrisis 01-17-2011 09:56 AM

Microsword Trimming
 
Hey all,

Does anyone have experience with microsword carpets? I am trying to figure out how to trim mine, but is it the same as mowing the lawn? Do i just cut them all to the desired height and have them grow back? I feel like that could kill the plant. Im trying to get the plant to grow long in the back and short in the front so i need to keep the front trimmed. Any helps/tips/experiences would be much appreciated.

Blaxicanlatino 01-17-2011 01:48 PM

how tall is the microsword? i have a microsword lawn and ts only a max of .5 inch. probably the lowest lawn plant ive ever owned.

SinCrisis 01-17-2011 01:56 PM

Many of mine are >1in. .5in would be amazing if i could get the front to grow like that, but alas, its roughly 1in all around with some taller, and some shorter.

Blaxicanlatino 01-17-2011 06:04 PM

whats your substrate or lighting'? my substrate is flourite sand with 30 watts in a 10 gallon. Most of the microsword is actually smaller the .5 inch. i think the closest measurement would be .3 or .4 of an inch.

SinCrisis 01-17-2011 08:50 PM

im using a ~.5" soil/flourite blend with pea sized gravel on the bottom and then super fine 1mm black gravel ~1" on top of that. Light is 9 1w White LEDs. My longest leaves are ~3" and my shortest one i can see is 1". According to the sources i could find, it seems that Micro Sword can grow up to 6".

Blaxicanlatino 01-18-2011 10:25 AM

how many gallons? only thing i can think of is increase lighting

SinCrisis 01-18-2011 12:50 PM

1gallon. well what i want to know is if i can just cut it, like trim it to the desired length. I dont want to change my lights and whatnot, i jsut want to know if trimming it with scizssors across the top will kill the plant or its like grass where it will just grow back slowly...

SinCrisis 01-21-2011 02:32 PM

Does anyone know if this can just be trimmed?


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