Sunday, July 25, 2010

Marsilea hirsuta - an ideal foreground plant

Marsilea hirsuta, originally from Australia, is one of the most popular aquarium plants for the foreground and it is recommended for beginners to create a dense carpet. It grows slowly but it is easy to keep because is undemanding and can be grown in moderate lighting. Higher lighting and carbon dioxide injection improve growth rate and promote more compact growth. In the lower light situations it produces bigger leaves with a single lobe, very different from the emerse plant. No substrate or water special conditions are required (temperature between 18°C - 28°C or 64°F - 82°F, pH 5 - 7.5 and GH between 1 - 20 dH).

Marsilea hirsuta is planted by taking one to two-inch sections of rhizome and planting them in the substrate at regular intervals. There is often an extended adaptation period for submersed-grown stock, but once the plants are established, growth is steady.

Maintenance involves thinning out the mat of plants as they become too thick. This can be accomplished by carefully pulling up groups of runners and trimming.
Marsilea hirsuta can also grow emersed, bit it demands a very moist soil. Below is a picture of Marsilea grown emersed.


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