Aquarists in Thailand, close to the border with Burma, discovered this plant. It is called 'Downoi' (little star) in Thailand, and it is easy to see why (2-4 inches tall and wide). Pogostemon helferi is an unusual and distinctive aquatic plant with a compact habit, curly leaves and a strikingly beautiful green color.
With good light conditions and a nutrient-rich substrate, Pogostemon helferi forms many side shoots that develop small roots, and the plant rapidly forms an impressive carpet of foreground vegetation.
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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