Heteranthera zosterifolia from South America is an extremely beautiful plant, which forms a lot of side shoots and thus quickly forms a bushy plant group.
Stems can become 12+ inches tall and 2-4 inches wide. Leaves often become black on the back. In strong light growth is intensive, and the plant must be pruned before it becomes so compact that no light reaches the lower leaves. Water roots often form on the stem. Those are easily cut and replanted.
In open aquariums, it forms small blue flowers if some shoots are allowed to spread on the surface.
Stem cutting and lateral shoot development
1 Low: < 6ppm, Medium: 6-14pm, High: 15-25ppm
- Maintain stable water parameters to prevent melting and rotting
Provide water column or substrate fertilization
- High CO2 and high light will result in compact growth and better coloration
- Frequent trimming will promote side shoots and bushy growth
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