Stem Plants That Don't Require Regular Replanting

Harry Muscle

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I've always stayed away from stem plants because most of them seem to require regular replanting (cut the top off, remove the bottom, and replant the top) to stay looking good. Styrogene repens is so far the only stem I've tried that didn't require such regular maintenance to stay looking good.

Are they any other stem plant species that either stay a certain height naturally or can be trimmed simply by cutting them shorter without having to replant the tops ... and still stay looking nice.

Thanks,
Harry
 

VaughnH

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One example of a stem plant that is successfully pruned by just cutting off the tops is Hemianthus callitrichoides. That's how people keep it growing as a low carpet. In fact most stem plants can be trimmed that way, but not all look as good as they did as they regrow new tops. Some stems grow very slowly, so they last a long time before getting too tall, but most will not stop at a certain height.