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Rooted mean that this plant was cultivated in soil and sent to you in soil

Why do we offer this plant in soil?

Our research here at our facility reveals that plants previously grown in soil adapt more quickly to aquatic environments compared to those cultivated in regular rockwool pots. We attribute this to the closer resemblance to their natural evolutionary conditions.

 

What's the alternative to soil-planted plants?

1. The standard option is plants potted in rockwool, commonly available at your local aquatic store.

2. Additionally, during the summer months, we also provide submerged plants for most species.

 

Link to this plant submerged - if available

 

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Care sheet for Hygrophila polysperma 'Long Leaves,' which is a popular and hardy aquatic plant known for its long, narrow leaves and ease of care.

Common Name: Hygrophila polysperma 'Long Leaves'

 

Water Requirements: Hygrophila polysperma 'Long Leaves' can tolerate a wide range of water conditions. It prefers slightly acidic to slightly alkaline water with a pH range of 6.0 to 7.5. The temperature should be kept between 68 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit (20 to 28 degrees Celsius). It can adapt to a variety of water hardness levels, but softer water is generally preferred. Stable water parameters are important for optimal growth.

Lighting Requirements: Moderate to high lighting is recommended for Hygrophila polysperma 'Long Leaves.' It can grow in lower light conditions, but higher lighting will promote more compact growth and healthier leaves. Provide a good-quality aquarium light with a color temperature of 6500K to 7500K for optimal growth.

Substrate and CO2: Hygrophila polysperma 'Long Leaves' can be planted in a variety of substrates, including gravel, sand, or aqua soil. It can grow in nutrient-poor substrates, but adding a nutrient-rich substrate or using root tabs can promote faster and healthier growth. CO2 (carbon dioxide) supplementation is not mandatory but can benefit the plant's growth and overall health, especially in higher light setups.

Fertilization: Regular fertilization is important for the healthy growth of Hygrophila polysperma 'Long Leaves.' You can use a liquid or substrate fertilizer formulated for aquatic plants, and follow the manufacturer's instructions for dosing. Providing essential nutrients, such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, is crucial for promoting healthy growth and preventing nutrient deficiencies.

Propagation: Hygrophila polysperma 'Long Leaves' can be easily propagated through stem cuttings. Simply trim the top 4-6 inches of healthy stems and replant them in the substrate. New roots will develop from the cuttings, and the plant will continue to grow. Regular pruning will help maintain its shape and promote bushy growth.

Maintenance: Regular maintenance is necessary to keep Hygrophila polysperma 'Long Leaves' healthy and attractive. Remove any dead or decaying leaves promptly to prevent them from rotting and causing water quality issues. Prune the plant regularly to control its height and promote bushy growth. Monitoring and maintaining stable water parameters, including temperature, pH, and nutrient levels, is important for optimal growth.

Compatibility: Hygrophila polysperma 'Long Leaves' is generally peaceful and can be kept with a variety of fish and other aquatic species. It can provide hiding places for small fish and fry, making it a suitable plant for community aquariums.

In conclusion, Hygrophila polysperma 'Long Leaves' is a hardy and versatile aquatic plant that can thrive in a wide range of water conditions. With moderate to high lighting, regular fertilization, and proper maintenance, you can enjoy healthy growth and attractive foliage from this popular plant in your freshwater aquarium.

Hygrophila polysperma long leaves - Rooted

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  • WHAT IS even BETTER?

    This is a well rooted plant, grown in soil for stronger roots and better health, THE ONLY option that might be better is the SUBMERGED version – as these plants are already grown in water for you!

    Links to see if submerged plants are available at present:

    Hygrophila-polysperma-long-leaves-submerged

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