This magnificent plant is fairly new to the aquarium hobby and can turn bright red in high-tech setups!
Pogostemon stellatus "Broad Leaf" (Pogostemon stellatus var. "Broad Leaf") is a new, somewhat unknown stem plant that has recently developed some notice in the aquarium hobby. Native to Australia and Southeast Asia, this broad leaf variety can grow to a whopping 8 inches in width! It requires high lighting in order to maintain all of its leaves, and if kept in an aquarium with CO2 injection, will maintain an incredible bright red color!
Care for Pogostemon stellatus "Broad Leaf" is similar to many other stem plants. It is best placed in the middle ground or background and will look its best under high lighting. It grows quickly with good maintenance and care. Like many plants, this plant will respond significantly to CO2. It can be planted in the substrate and stems of excessive length can be trimmed, then the cuttings can be replanted to increase the bunch. It can also be planted emersed in terrariums, paludariums, and viquariums.
What We Like About This Plant:
- Beautiful red coloration with proper care
- Moderately prolific and easy to prune
- Perfect for a middle ground or background highlight
- Relatively easy to maintain
- Temperature: 59° - 90° F (15° - 32° C)
- pH: 5.0 - 7.0
- Lighting: High, more red coloration is achieved with higher lighting and CO2
- Origin: Cultivated in nurseries, but indigenous to Australia and Southeast Asia
- Aquarium placement: Middle and Background
- Care: Moderate
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