Hygrophila polysperma (Low Tech)
Hygrophila polysperma from South-East Asia is one of the hardiest aquarium plants available. Stems becomes 25-40 cm and 4-8 cm wide. It is particularly good for beginners because it grows in almost all conditions. It normally grows so fast that it is important to prevent it crowding out other plants. The shoots must be pinched out regularly. Leaves lying on the surface form small new plants. Hygrophila polysperma varies considerably in leaf shape and colour, depending to some extent on the light supplied.
1. Make sure you understand how to grow aquatic plants:
- Click/tap >>HERE<< to view our easy guide explaining the needs of aquatic plants.
2. Planting Instructions for the Hygrophila Polysperma:
- Firstly, remove the label.
- Secondly, remove the rock wool together with the plant from the net pot
- Thirdly, make sure you also remove the rock wool from the root system, take care not to break or tear the larger roots while doing this.
- Give the plant a quick rinse under tap or dechlorinated water.
- Finally, plant the stems using tweezers into the substrate
3. Transitioning process:
- Emersed to submersed growth in your aquarium.
- Provide good water conditions for your plants.
- Dose a respectable aquatic fertilizer for your plants, follow the instructions from the manufacturer.
- Make sure you have the correct lighting spectrum.
- Prune dead leaves and stems constantly.
- A Co2 system is a good addition to your aquarium for the plants to flourish.
- Conduct 20-30% water changed once a week to ensure good water conditions.
- Patience is key for the transition to take place.
In a few days, after placing your plants in the aquarium you will notice some of the leaves start to melt and fall away.
This means the transition process has started. Please note the plants might look DEAD, but they are fully alive, so do not panic. Also, after a few days, you will notice new growth will appear and the plant will fully change its form into submersed growth. You need to continuously trim and put fertilizer in for the plants to thrive in your aquarium.
Will this plant grow in your tank? We have made a guide to aid in growing/understanding aquatic plants. Check it out >here<. View other plants that will grow in: ( Low Tech | Medium Tech | High Tech | All Plants )
*This is a Potted Plant and NOT a Tissue Culture Plant. This plant was grown in a greenhouse and is NOT guaranteed to be snail, algae or pesticide-free. Potted plants are cheaper than Tissue Culture Plants as they are not grown in a sterile laboratory. They generally appear to be bigger than Tissue Culture plants. We recommend Tissue Culture Plant for 100% client satisfaction.
McMerwe Review: Hygrophila Polyspermais our number 2 recommended plant for new entrants into the hobby. Very easy, fast-growing plant with a long presence in any tank due to its tall nature. Not recommended for co2 tanks, unless you want to trim every week. [Rating: 5/5]