Bacopa Caroliniana (Water Hyssop) is one of the most popular aquatic plants in the hobby. Its bold leaf structure and relatively slow-growth pattern make it a popular choice in aquascaping. It can be shaped at the discretion of the aquarist. If allowed to grow through the water surface, it usually grows tiny purple and blue flowers.
It has few demands and thus very convenient for beginners. Its slow growth rate makes it one of the few stem plants that do not need much attention. Like most stem plants, it is most decorative when planted in small groups. Easy to propagate by cuttings; take a side shoot and plant it in the bottom.
Its, coloration is improved with regular iron and micronutrient dosing. CO2 and macronutrient supplementation will result in slightly faster growth, and leaves will be markedly thicker and larger. More light will encourage more compact growth patterns.
The plant reproduces by lateral shoots as mentioned above; It is necessary to remove the side shoots from the original plant and then remove the bottom leaves in order to reveal a bare stem at the bottom of the cutting. This is then simply placed into the substrate, always take care not to crush the base of the stem. It will soon root to form a new plant. Plant fertilisers should be used when these are first added to a new tank in order to promote the root growth.
Name: Bacopa Caroliniana (B. Amplexicaulis) or Water Hyssop
|Place of origin:||Southern North America|
|Maximum height:||15 – 30 cm|
|Lighting:||Low – 0.25w/100 litres|
|Substrate:||Sandy soils rich in mineral nutrients|
|Temperature range:||15-26 °C|
|pH:||5 – 8|
|Hardness:||2 – 18 gh|