Dwarf Four Leaf clover, Marsilea hirsuta

Dwarf Four Leaf clover, Marsilea hirsuta

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 Marsilea hirsuta

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 lighting
and 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.

Planting Instructions

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


5 Stars
Nice Foreground Plant
I bought this plant for my Bettas tank and it has grown in very well. It has gone through its transition that 4 leaf clovers do and has spread nicely.
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Reviewed by:  from Houston, TX. on 7/19/2014
2 Stars
Not Too Impressed
Firstly im going to specify my setup: 20g tall, CaribSea Floramax substrate, 3 wpg (CFL's), the occasional dose of API Leaf Zone. I bought a pot of this expecting it to fill my foreground with a carpet of clover in 4-5 months, or at least close to full. Well i divided it up into 4-5 parts and cut it off with only 2mm of green stem left (because the leaves die off and re-grow. Well a week later i saw little green leaves sprouting and i was excited it was starting to take off. 2 weeks after that, it had only grown a barely noticeable amount and i was a little less impressed. four and a half months later, only 2 of the small sections of the pot are left, and barely alive. All that's left are tiny lengths of green stems, and i have low hopes for its survival in the next months. All in all, i don't recommend you buy this plant unless you have at least 4wpg and/or CO2.
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Reviewed by:  from Minnesota. on 12/23/2013
4 Stars
i enjoyed this plant. not sure if its a down time for it, but all the blooms are gone. the roots are still there so i will see what happens. it grew very well inside my treasure chest ornament
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from texas. on 12/3/2015

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