Lindernia Rotundifolia 'Variegated'
Common Name: Lindernia Variegated
Plant Use: Background
Difficulty Level: Easy
Light Demand: Low
Co2 Demand: Medium
Fertilizer Demand: Medium
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Description: Lindernia Rotundifolia 'Variegated,' a delightful variant of the classic Lindernia Rotundifolia, stands out for its striking variegation, adding a splash of color and texture to freshwater aquariums. This aquatic plant, known for its unique rounded leaves, takes on an even more captivating appearance with its variegated patterns. Hailing from Southeast Asia, Lindernia Rotundifolia 'Variegated' is a favorite among aquarists looking to introduce vibrant and visually dynamic elements into their aquascapes.
- Scientific Name: Lindernia Rotundifolia 'Variegated'
- Family: Linderniaceae
- Origin: Southeast Asia
- Difficulty Level: Easy
- Lighting Requirements: Low to Medium
- CO2 Requirement: Low
- Temperature Range: 64-82°F (18-28°C)
- pH Range: 6.0-7.5
- Propagation: Stem cuttings
1. Lighting: Lindernia Rotundifolia 'Variegated' thrives in low to medium lighting conditions, making it suitable for various aquarium setups. Adequate light supports healthy growth and accentuates its variegated patterns.
2. Substrate: Plant in a nutrient-rich substrate to provide essential nutrients for the plant's development. Lindernia Rotundifolia 'Variegated' can adapt to different substrates but benefits from a well-fertilized one.
3. CO2 and Nutrients: While it can tolerate lower CO2 levels, additional carbon dioxide supplementation is not mandatory. Regular dosing of a liquid fertilizer supports its growth and maintains vibrant colors.
4. Pruning: Regular pruning helps maintain a bushy and compact appearance. Trim the tops to encourage lateral growth and prevent the plant from becoming too dense.
5. Water Parameters: Lindernia Rotundifolia 'Variegated' thrives in a temperature range of 64-82°F (18-28°C), with a slightly acidic to neutral pH between 6.0-7.5. Soft to moderately hard water is suitable.
6. Placement: Ideal for midground to background placement in the aquarium. Plant in groups to create a lively and visually appealing mosaic.
7. Propagation: Propagate through stem cuttings. Simply cut a healthy stem and replant it into the substrate. The plant will develop roots, and new growth will showcase the variegated patterns.
8. Challenges: Lindernia Rotundifolia 'Variegated' is considered an easy-to-care-for plant, suitable for both beginners and experienced aquarists. Its variegated foliage adds a captivating dimension to planted aquariums.
Lindernia Rotundifolia 'Variegated' transforms the aquarium into a vibrant canvas with its colorful and variegated leaves. Its adaptability, coupled with its ease of care, makes it a fantastic choice for aquarists looking to infuse their aquatic realms with a touch of vivacious charm and visual interest.