Pruning Crypts

Discussion in 'Plant Help' started by Joecoral, 8 Oct 2008.

  1. Joecoral

    Joecoral Member

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    When removing leaves which are succumbing to crypt melt, how is the best wya to do so?
    Just remove the leaf, or the whole stem?
     
  2. aaronnorth

    aaronnorth Member

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    i used to remove the whole stem, seemed to work fine
     
  3. vauxhallmark

    vauxhallmark Member

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    You want to remove the whole stem, if you just cut the leaf off the stem will only rot.

    I find it easier to remove them by hand if there's enough space in the tank - if you run your fingers down the stem (and probably under the substrate a bit) you'll feel where it joins the rhizome, and if you bend it away from that it should snap off - if you just cut it off at or above the substrate level the underneath part will still rot - not normally a big problem, but especially if it's a new tank you want to avoid that as much as possible.

    New leaves can only grow from the rhizome, the old stem will just perish.

    Mark
     
  4. Joecoral

    Joecoral Member

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    Thanks guys
     

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