Ludwigia repens grows to a maximum height of 15-20 inches, and if left untrimmed it can creep along the water’s surface. This aquatic plant shows its best colors in moderate to high light conditions (2.0-3.0 wpg). It has a moderate growth rate in lighting conditions of 2.0 watts per gallon where it can grow up to half an inch in one day. In higher lighting conditions, Ludwigia repens can grow even faster, and its leaves will display a vibrant red hue on both sides of its leaves.
When growing well, Ludwigia repens will bend slightly towards the lighting source, and new stem branches will sprout from the main stem as the plant reaches the surface. In addition to new stems, Ludwigia repens is also known to sprout out regularly roots along the stem’s internodes. These roots are called aerial roots and can be pruned off to touch up the appearance of the plant.
Ludwigia repens can draw nutrients from the substrate through its heavy root system, but like most stem plants, it does well with regular water column fertilization. Micronutrients, low levels of nitrates and phosphates (5 and 2 ppms respectively), in addition to higher lighting schemes will enhance the red hues of its leaves. This plant does well in a wide range of water conditions.
Ludwigia repens is easily propagated by cutting the stem in half and replanting the top. The bottoms of the stems can then be discarded or left in place for new stems to sprout.
Scientific Name: Ludwigia repens
Common Name: Ludwigia repens
Lighting Requirements: Medium
Plant Arrangement: Midground
Growth Rate: Moderate
Origin: Southeast Asia
Plant Type: Stem
Co2 or Co2 additive is recommended
You are buying one bunch, approx. 5 or more stems. Stems are approx. 6" tall.
Plant Weight included with all bunched plants.
Stem plants are usually cuttings of plants that generally don't come with roots. This is how stem plants are sold in the aquatic plant industry, although at times my stem plants may come with roots because I have been growing them out. All stem plants come with a plant weight that holds the plant in place and is safe for your tank.
To plant just let the weight lay on your substrate, and the stems will grow roots throughout your substrate. You can also plant the tips, about 1/4" in your substrate if you prefer.
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