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    Hello all,
    I have quite an interesting question that although intended just to help a couple of my plants could turn out to be quite interesting! Well, here it goes:
    About three weeks ago, I replaced the lights on my growchamber. But before that, the light the past couple of weeks was steadily decreasing. Tendrils even refused to drop! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/ghostface.gif[/img] That is now taken care of, but during the time, my N. x 'Judith Finn' and N. maxima grew a couple of etiolated leaves. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img] The plants did't actually elongate, but the leaves are long and wavy. They are now 2-3 leaves down the stem, each plant with some new good healthy leaves above those two. These mega-sized leaves are taking up a lot of space, and I was wondering if it would be ok sometime in the next couple of weeks to trim these leaves off, even before they brown. I would of course allow the plant to grow a little more. The tendrils on the leaves refuse to drop, so it isn't wasting a pitcher. As much nerve as it takes to cut perfectly good, green leaves, I would feel better knowing that this isn't hurting/maybe helping the plants. I am really asking if there is any effect of a plant's growth point from (active) leaves farther down. I doubt that there is a really, really bad one, because they naturally loose leaves at the bottom of the rosette, but there are still healthy leaves beneath these.

    Is this a waste of time or interesting scientific discussion? We shall see! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/unclesam.gif[/img]
    I am back..

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    Well, they are still doing photosynthetic operations for the plant, giving it glucose and energy. It's really up to you I should say. If the plants are healthy and established then I say do what you want. I personally (if I was in the situation) would trim the leaves 1/2 way back like as you would do on a cutting, this way you're not dessimating the leaf surface and your getting more room like you wished to.

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