Alternanthera rosaefolia Live Freshwater Plant
Alternanthera rosaefolia is native to South America and is an easy and attractive red plant for the midground or background. It is regularly featured in Dutch aquascapes and is easily propagated through stem cuttings. It can survive without Co2 and in low light conditions. However, mid to high intensity lighting, good fertilization and Co2 will bring the plant to its full potential.
Origin: South America
Water pH: 6-7
Growth Rate: Medium
CO2: Not required, but recommended
About Tissue Cultured Plants
This propagation method involves taking a small piece of plant tissue, often from the tip of a growing shoot or a small segment of a leaf, and cultivating it in a nutrient-rich gel under sterile conditions. This allows for the rapid propagation of plants while minimizing the risk of disease, pest algae, or contamination.
Keep in mind that while tissue cultured plants have numerous benefits, they may require careful acclimation to an aquarium environment once introduced. Following proper care guidelines for each plant will help it acclimate to life fully submerged underwater. A small amount of leaf melting may occur during this transition period. This is a natural response as the plant adjusts to its new environment.