Common Name: Rosette Sword, Tropica Sword
Rosette sword plants are incredibly adaptable, making them a perfect choice for many types of aquariums. This stem plant grows in a rosette formation, producing long, pointed, light green leaves that have a hammered texture and prominent veins. It is more compact than other available sword plants. The bright color and coarse texture make this plant excellent for a mid- or foreground focal point.
With a nutrient rich substrate these plants will tolerate most lighting conditions, but moderate to high lighting is ideal. CO2 injection is not necessary but will help the plant grow faster if needed. An iron supplement may be needed in some tanks. Rosette sword plants will grow submersed or emersed, with emersed plants producing small flowers.
These plants propagate through side shoots off of their leaves, which can be trimmed and replanted into the substrate. To control the size of your Rosette sword plant you can remove the side shoots and older leaves.
- Echinodorus is a very 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
Co2: Not necessary
Propagation: Adventitious shoots
Growth rate: Medium