Pruning Plants

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Date: Thu, 28 Nov 1996 09:39:57 -0800
From: Mark Pearlscott <toy.fox at postoffice_worldnet.att.net>
To: Aquatic Plants Digest <aquatic-plants at actwin_com>
Subject: Trimming plants during upkeep

I have a question for all of you about trimming your plants in a set-up
tank.  What is the best way to trim your plants to keep them growing at
the proper length in your tank.  For example:  H.difformis (Water
Wisteria) grows pretty fast and is longer than you want quickly.  The
best way I know to trim it is up-root it, cut some of the bottom off and
re-plant.  There must be a better way!  I end up doing this with most of
my plants.  A real pain in the butt.  On other plants like Cabomba,
would you trim it the same, or cut off the top and allow side shoots to
grow.  If you do that, won't you eventually end up with a canopy of
leaves on the outside, and only stems in the middle of your stand of
plants?  How can this be avoided?

What are the methods actually used by you all?  I've read articles on
just about every other subject (setting-up, stocking, planting, CO2,
etc.), but none on the actual trimming of the plants, which is the other
part of regular upkeep.

Please give your advice.