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[APD] Trimming Sword Plants

Just wondering about different methods.

Usually, when I trim the sword plants in my tank, I stick my arm in up to
the elbow and try to break off the leaves at the base of the petiole at the
crown. I do this so as not to leave a "stump". Would it be just as well if I
cut the petiole (using those neat laparoscopic scissors) near the crown,
leaving a short stump, or does that leave the plant open for bad nastiness
like rot?

Douglas Guynn
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