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Alternanthera reinechii 'Mini'
Alternanthera reinechii 'Mini'
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Alternanthera reinechii 'Mini'

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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 reinechii 'Mini':

  • Is known for its slow growth rate and compact size compared to other alternanthera varieties
  • Is ideal as a foreground plant that is suitable for small aquarium
  • Sports deep brown/reddish colored leaves making it one of the few red-colored foreground plants
  • Benefits from regular trimmings with the potential to produce dense growth and carpeting
  • Grows quite short when submersed, but has the potential to grow much taller in an emersed setting

 

 

 Type: Stem
Growth rate: Moderate
Height: 5 - 10 cm
Ideal pH: 5 - 7
Light Requirements: Moderate
CO2 Requirements: Moderate
Ideal Placement: Foreground
Difficulty: Moderate