ABC PLANTS - Rotala macrandra
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Sometimes considered the "queen of aquarium plants" - Rotala macrandraÂ is a beautiful plant from southern India that is absolutely jaw droppingly gorgeous when grown successfully. It's rich, red coloration is delightful and it's unique foliage is stunning. Though it is a demanding plant that requires high light, CO2 and fast moving water, anyone who's ever grown R. macrandra do its fullest potential would probably say it's worth it!
Difficulty:Â Difficult without CO2
Type:Â Red stem plant
Size:Â 3 - 20cm+
Native Range:Â Subcontinent (southern India)
Position and Usage: Background or midground "show piece". Quite conspicuous.
Growth Rate: Fast (with CO2 and good lighting)
Lighting:Â 4/5 - 5/5
Water Conditions:Â pH 5.5 to 6.5 - soft to medium-hard
CO2:Â Highly recommended - required
Propagation:Â Cuttings can be re-planted in the substrate - frequent trimming promotes shorter, bushier growth.
Special requirements: Sensitive to sudden drops in temperature. Likes good water circulation, access to micronutrients. Prefers acidic, nutrient rich substrate.
Emersed growth: Suitable and easily acclimates to immersed growth. Looks almost identical to Rotala rotundifolia when grown immersed except for the red coloration.