Rotala nanjanshen 12 Stems
Sold as cuttings approx 10-15cm
Emersed Grown 12 stems $5.95 - value for money
Submersed Grown 6 stems $6.95
There is some uncertainty about the correct name of this plant. For some time it has been sold as Mayaca sellowiana, but actually this is Rotala sp. “Nanjenshan” (species unknown). It is a graceful plant with needle-shaped leaves. It requires a relatively large amount of light, and CO2 addition is recommended to promote growth. The most decorative effect is achieved by planting it in groups. Also suitable for small aquariums.
Like the more difficult R. wallichii, Rotala sp. Nanjenshan grows far more easily in water that is soft and rich in carbon dioxide. Unimpeded light and lots of iron are important as well and contribute to a rich reddish color in the apex of the stem. Finally, a well-designed and steady fertilization routine is important; without one, stunting and blackening may result. It does have its needs, but isn't exceptionally hard to grow.
The growing tips of this plant naturally arch downward and therefore lend it well to aquascaping. A large grouping planted behind some Cryptocoryne or hardscape makes an effective focal point. To achieve a more compact appearance, give the stand a haircut and wait for the abundant side shoots to grow in.