Marsilea hirsuta, also known as Dwarf four leaf clover is originally from Australia, it is one of the most popular aquarium plants for the foreground and it is recommended for beginners to create a dense carpet. It grows slowly but it is easy to keep because it is undemanding and can be grown in low to moderate lighting although Higher lightingand carbon dioxide injection improve growth rate and promote more compact growth. In the lower light situations it produces bigger leaves with a single lobe.
No substrate or special water conditions are required (temperature between 64°F - 82°F, pH 5 - 7.5 and GH between 1 - 20 dH).
Marsilea hirsuta is planted by taking one to two-inch sections of rhizome and planting
them in the substrate at regular intervals. You are buying 1 pot that will cover a 4" area if planted in intervals. If left in the pot it will cover a 2" area. The pots are very full and sometimes the lower leaves begin to yellow due to not getting any light. This is not a problem. Just pinch off the yellow leaves and it will continue to grow new leaves.
Potted plants are
started in rock wool. To plant remove as much rock wool as
possible. Most of the rock wool will pull off. If you have any left
and want it off shake the plants gently by holding it by the roots and shaking
in water. Leaving some rock wool will help anchor the plant in your substrate.
Separate the plant
into 1/8" pieces with roots and plant 1/8" to 1/4" a part in
your substrate. This will leave room for the plant to propagate and
spread. If you want instant gratification you can plant closer. It will take
more plant to fill in the area you want to cover when planting closer.
Only plant the root in
your substrate, not any of the plant itself or this can cause melting
or shock, for more information on planting and caring for your
plants please go here