Echinodorus Osiris Rubra
Common Name: Melon Sword
Echinodorus Osiris is a popular choice among the sword family. The plant has a rosette growth pattern and has large round leaves. When grown under ideal conditions, such as high light and with CO2 injection, the leaves will develop a beautiful red tint. Due to its size, Echinodorus Osiris is typically grown in the background and will nicely fill any area of the tank.
Melon Swords are heavy root feeders and should be planted in a rich aquarium substrate, such as UNS ControSoil. Additional root tabs may be added if the plant becomes very larger. Sword plants are hardy and if given time, can adapt to a wide range of growing conditions. It is recommended to trip any damaged or imperfect leaves, as this will promote new leaf growth. Melon Swords will naturally propagate themselves by either dividing at the base or sending out a flower stalk with runners. These divisions and runners can be split and planted separately once mature.
- Echinodorus is a hardy species of aquatic plants. Most Echinodorus require nutrient-dense soil to thrive as they are heavy root feeders.
- Echinodorus grow fairly large and are more suitable for larger planted aquariums.
- Do not make drastic changes to the aquarium. Unstable parameters will result in melt and rotting of the aquarium plant.
- Please be sure to remove this plant from its pot. Remove the cotton surrounding the roots and plant into a quality substrate. For instructions on how to properly prep "potted" aquarium plants, click here.
- CO2 injection and quality aquarium soil will yield better growth.
- Please research appropriately to ensure your plant thrives.
Family Name: Alismataceae
Origin: South America
Care: Easy to Moderate
Light: Medium to High
Propagation: Herbaceous division and runners
Growth rate: Moderate to Fast