Lobelia cardinalis 'Small Form aka Lobelia 'mini'
Lobelia Cardinalis “Mini”
Sold in 3-5cm Pot
This dwarf Lobelia species is a stem plant that grows bright green, oval-shaped leaves with pale green coloured veins. It is perfect for creating small, lush bushes, or can be used as a low maintenance foreground carpet in larger aquariums.
Lobelia cardinalis “Mini” is easy to grow, primarily requiring bright lighting and regular fertilisation. The addition of injected CO2 will see this plant reach its optimal form.
L. cardinalis 'Small Form' makes few demands on the hobbyist other than ample amounts of direct lighting (2 watts per gallon or more). However, to obtain optimal growth both in size, coloration, and growth rate, CO2 supplementation should be used along with a water column rich in both macro- and micronutrients (NO3 10-20ppm, PO4 1-2ppm).
Under rich water column conditions, CO2 supplementation, and strong lighting, this plant will become bushy and lush, concentrating most of its growth on producing daughter plants which can be snipped off with a pair of scissors and replanted to form a new plant. The internodal roots, under these conditions, will be concealed by numerous side shoots and dense foliage. Under less than optimal conditions and dim lighting, the plant will become leggy and less attractive, producing fewer side shoots and, thus, not as easy to propagate.
The unique appearance and growth habit of this small plant make it an excellent choice for the midground of aquaria ranging from small to large. In large aquariums, this plant can even be used as a low maintenance foreground. It is often used in the Dutch Aquarium style to form diagonal, sweeping streets which add movement to otherwise static plant groupings. Because it is slow to gain vertical height, it is highly suitable for those hobbyists trying to cut down maintenance on their aquascapes.