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Alternanthera Bettzickiana aurea
Alternanthera Bettzickiana aurea
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Alternanthera Bettzickiana aurea

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Alternanthera varieties are long-stalked stem plants that are found in a variety of colors ranging from bright green to dark violet. They can be found with a variety of leaf shapes and overall plant sizes with dwarf versions generally being labelled 'Mini'. They commonly prefer medium light and CO2 levels, however more vibrant colors and rapid growth will result from increases to these parameters. As stem plants, they should be planted directly into the substrate where they will form large, prolifically growing root systems. Naturally, alternanthera varieties are found in well-flooded, marsh-like habitats where they often experience emersed periods. When grown submersed, it is important to regularly trim stems to promote outward growth and keep plants from growing beyond the surface of the water. When alternanthera grow above the surface of the water, they will begin to sacrifice leaves under the water to allocate more energy to the emersed part of the plant. However, these plants will thrive both submerged in an aquarium or emersed in a terrarium.

 

Alternanthera Bettzickiana aurea:

  • Originates from marsh habitats within Central and South America
  • Has right green leaves with splashes of yellow
  • Responds best to stable water parameters and can experience melt in response to drastic and rapid conditional changes
  • Prefers high levels of nitrates and and phosphates - responding well to regular dosing
  • Is propagated by trimming stems and planting them directly into the substrate

 

 

 Type: Stem
Growth rate: Moderate
Height: 25 - 30 cm
Ideal pH: 6.5 - 7.5
Light Requirements: Medium
CO2 Requirements: Medium
Ideal Placement: mid- to Background
Difficulty: Moderate