1 stem Ludwigia inclinata verticillata "Cuba" ( emersed grown)
Sold as cuttings approx 10-15cm
Emersed Grown 1 Stem $9.95 - value for money
Submersed Grown 1 Stem $14.95
Light Needs: High
Plant Structure: Stem
Region: Central/South America
Size: Individual stem width: 10-15cm (4-6in)
Growth Rate: Fast
Can Be Grown Emersed: Yes
This Ludwigia makes several demands on the hobbyist before showing its full potential such as intense lighting, CO2, a well balanced nutrient regime, and space. However, when conditions are good, this stem plant grows rapidly. Intense lighting is necessary (aim for at least 3 watts per gallon). CO2 supplementation is a necessity; without it, this plant develops broader, greener leaves, produces fewer leaves per whorl, and grows more slowly. Nitrate (5-15 ppm) and phosphate (1-2 ppm) supplementation through the water column is necessary for good coloration and health. Heavy iron and micronutrient fertilization with a reliable liquid fertilizer is also necessary for this species; if new growth is white, this plant is not receiving enough iron.
L. inclinata var. verticillata 'Cuba', like others of the Ludwigia genus, grows at an angle above the substrate under good lighting. Profuse branching coupled with rapid growth when under good conditions makes this plant highly invasive in the planted aquarium. Nonetheless, this plant does not handle repeated, intense prunings very well. If pruned across the top, the rooted portions of L. inclinata var. verticillata 'Cuba' often turn black and melt away. Instead, this plant should be topped and replanted each time it is pruned.
This showy, feathery stem plant serves as an excellent focal point or colorful accent in the midground or background of an aquascape. Due to its large size, L. inclinata var. verticillata 'Cuba' cannot be recommended for layouts in two foot tanks or smaller. This plant, mostly due to its recent introduction into the hobby, has yet to appear in traditional Nature Aquarium or Dutch layouts.
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