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How To Prune An Overgrown Leggy Nephthytis Plant


Nephthytis is a lovely plant. Also known as goose foot plant or arrowhead plant. As this plant ages, it begins to creep and vine and become quite leggy and overgrown. When this happens, it's a great time to prune the plant.

The easiest way to prune this plant is by taking cuttings which you then root in soil.



Here is what you will need:

- A plant pot with fresh potting soil.

-  A pair of sanitized scissors. 

- Rooting hormone*. 

*Rooting hormone: Using rooting hormone is not 100% necessary for success with this project, but I highly recommend it. It will exponentially increase the likelihood that your rooting experiments are successful. It is widely available at garden centers and even hardware stores. It will pay for itself after the first use and one bottle will last for years. I use it numerous times every month. If you can't find rooting hormone to purchase locally, you can buy it on Amazon by clicking HERE (Amazon Affiliate Link).


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Now, let's get to it. 


Extremely leggy nephthytis

You will want to take a good look at the stem of your plant and look for the nodes. Nodes are little bumpy protrusions. These bumpy protrusions when dipped in rooting hormone and planted will turn into roots.



Plan out your cuts. You will be able to take several cutting from one plant. Make sure that each cut you make is BELOW a set of nodes. 



After you make the cut, dip the nodes into the rooting hormone.



Then plant the cutting in the soil.



Once you have all of your cuttings planted, wait a half an hour and then give your plant a good watering.



In a few weeks your cuttings will start to grow new roots and new foliage.



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