Red Star Ludwigia (Ludwigia glandulosa) - Potted, 4-6 Inches with 15+ Stems!
This small Ludwigia species is one of the most strikingly red plants in the aquarium world and can be cultivated with proper care!
Red Star Ludwigia (Ludwigia glandulosa) is a very attractive plant that can achieve complete deep red coloration, even more so than most other Ludwigia species. It is also unique in that it does not produce side stems like its close relatives and instead will grow straight upward past the water line if it is not trimmed. Red Star Ludwigia requires more care than most Ludwigia species, but is not necessarily an expert-level plant. With correct care, it can be among the most rewarding freshwater plants to view!
Red Star Ludwigia is best placed in the middle ground and will look its best under strictly high lighting. It grows at a slow rate with the correct maintenance and care. Like many plants, this plant will respond significantly to CO2 supplementation and high lighting, and CO2 supplementation in particular is required for Red Star Ludwigia to really thrive and flourish. High lighting is required for it to maintain its deep red coloration. 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 highlight
- Does not produce side stems like many other Ludwigia species
- Temperature: 68° - 82° F (20° - 28° C)
- pH: 5.5 - 8.0
- Lighting: High
- Origin: Indigenous to Middle and Southeastern United States, but cultivated in Taiwan nurseries
- Aquarium placement: Middle
- Care: Moderate to Difficult, CO2 supplementation is required for optimal growth
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