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Author Topic: Ambulia pruning techniques!  (Read 5202 times)
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« on: March 29, 2012, 07:32:31 PM »

How do i prune ambulia?
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« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2012, 07:50:17 PM »

I usually just cut mine to the height that I want right above a leaf node. I am not sure if this is the proper way, but it has been working for me. Ambulia grows really fast for me, so I usually cut off half the stem. I generally try to not cut all the stems at once so it does not look so bare. But every once in a while, I will cut the whole lot of it which will let some light to the bottoms and make it grow out additional shoots and get bushier.

I am certainly no expert. My planting and pruning is really trial and error. But this method has been working for me so far.
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« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2012, 08:37:16 AM »

Do you find that it will grow new stalks (shoots) and hence new tops from the point were you cut it (At a leaf node like you said) ?

I dont want to have to cut it and loose the lovely top parts unless they grow back from the point where it has been cut
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« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2012, 06:17:28 PM »

Yep. I suppose you could pull the whole plant, cut it to the height that you want and replant the top. But I would think that would get old pretty fast. Especially as quickly as this stuff grows. I try to get as close to the leaf as I can when cutting. When I cut it higher, it still grows from the leaf node and the bit of stem that is left from the cutting will usually die. Sometimes you may get a bit of a joint where the new growth starts, but it usually works out pretty well. It should start to put out some stems from the bottom also and get nice and bushy.

I wouldn't worry too much about doing it wrong. This stuff is damned near impossible to kill. I started with about 20 stems and I've got the stuff in 5 tanks now. Two of them are practically forested with it. If you don't like how it turned out then you can always give a really good hacking and let it grow back in. I am noticing that one area of mine is getting so full at the top that the bottoms are getting pretty leggy. I think I might try cutting those lower next time to encourage some new growth at the bottoms.

It is a really pretty plant. Good luck with it!
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