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Should I cut back my Anubias?


Jeana727

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This is my big Anubias, it is well attached to the driftwood. I have been thinking about trimming the roots back some. I want to know if it will harm the plant if I cut off about an inch of the main thick root (it is 4-5 inches) & some of the stringy roots. My idea is that it will sit lower onto the driftwood. Right now it is kinda "stands tippie toe" on top of the driftwood. I don't want to damage this plant!! Any advice is appreciated!!

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You can easily trim the smaller roots. I used to but now my goldfish sort it out for me on my devils ivy :P

You mean the big thick one? That's a rhizome which would be storing lots of nutrients for the plant, so you can cut it, but it will certainly damage the plant if you take a lot off. Personally I would just use a rubber band and pin it down. It will eventually stay that way and attach better. Might be less messy and then you don't have to worry about damaging it. :)

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Thanks. I think I'll try just trimming back the thin roots a bit. Then tie the rhizome to the driftwood again to see if I can get a more snug fit.

I really do not want to damage this plant. It is the "mother" to all the others that I have.

(Evening....swing by anytime. I'll snip you off a piece of it!)

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It is possible to split the rhizome and separate the plant in two. I don't know if that is something you would want to do though? If you can wedge it more securely (like Alex said with a rubberband or something similar) those thinner roots will attach themselves to the wood.

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Ahha, I don't recognize the flag, where are you at? :D

What chu' talkin' about. Willis??? I think our Flags match!

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The lil' yellow thing is Don't Tread On Me!!!!

"The motto clearly indicated that the colonists were ready to defend their rights and freedoms".

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Why thank you! It took me awhile to acquire my "green thumb" for aquariums!! But I finally have the hang of it!!

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Well, trimming was relatively painless....though it IS hard to clip a leaf from a slow growing Anubias!! I trimmed the roots (left the rhizome alone). I actually took out BOTH driftwood pieces & trimmed the plant roots. I then snugged them down to the driftwood with fishing line. I even went ahead and snipped one leaf off as it was split & had black along the edges.

I am sure they will be securely attached in no time. They look much better now!!

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Me too! It's always a little nerve wracking to prune a plant..........you never know .......you MIGHT tick it off!!! :teehee

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