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Glosso Trimming

Discussion in 'General Plant Topics' started by dealt, Nov 28, 2007.

  1. dealt

    dealt Prolific Poster

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    It is a common knowledge that glosso needs to be trimmed when several layers start to overlap each other. But what is the most efficient way to do it? Several methods I've found so far:

    • Cut and pull. Cut and carefully pull topmost runners. Way too troublesome!
    • Checkerboard method. Trim(?) several patches of the glosso lawn, checkerboard style. The idea is to 'clear' some area and allow the growing runners to patch the trimmed area then repeat process.
    • Uproot and replant (start from scratch)

    An article on another thread discussed 'trimming-to-the-bones' approach works perfectly for HC. I'm just wondering if it can be applied to glosso too? Thanks!


    Snapshot of my glosso on it's 2nd month:
    glosso-1.jpg
     
  2. Tom Barr

    Tom Barr Founder
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    Yes, mow the lawn approach.
    Gloss is about 2, maybe 3x as aggressive as HC.

    I would not mow it too low though, just leave a single layer of leaves.
    Do not wait for it to pile up too much also.

    I've posted many old threads about prune methods for carpeting plants.

    I've done square cuts out of the rug, then the sides fill in.
    Also, cut/trim at a 30-45 degree angle in spots to thin things down without mowing the entire thing.

    You can be very selective at a small scale also, or a large one if you have the patience. Trim each stem/leaf off.
    Never try and replant those 1/2 pulled up runners, trim them out with scissors!

    It's Gloss, you know it'll grow back fast! The remaining plant does not need roots so much.....so they will grow leaves faster.

    If you pull all the Gloss up, and replant, the Gloss will take longer since it needs to send out roots again.



    Regards,
    Tom Barr
     
  3. dealt

    dealt Prolific Poster

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    Thanks! I already mowed the glosso lawn. Anyway, if it's not too much to ask, are the articles you mentioned about carpet plants pruning available online? Thanks!
     
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