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Wisteria (Hygrophila Difformis)

Water Wisteria is a fast growing stem plant that can have very pretty fern like leaves below water and completely different leaves when allowed to grow out of the water. It can root into the substrate although it does not need a particularly rich substrate. It can grow in moderate light and is considered easy to grow.

It will root and grow from just about any part of it, so replant or share your cuttings! I was glad of this after buying some from Petsmart. They sold it in these little clear plastic tubes with the label right over the bottom of the plant and roots. Unfortunately when I got it home I discovered that it was rotten at the bottom. I pinched off the rotten pieces and planted the tops into the substrate any way to see what would happen. They took off and started growing. I love to see plants that are that resilient and able to root.

Even though medium light is recommended it can adapt to lower light levels and does not require the addition of CO2 in order to grow well. Iron may be beneficial as a fertilizer for this plant. You will find that it does better from 74 degrees fahrenheit up to about 80 degrees. The leaf forms may vary wildly depending on the conditions.

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February 11, 2011 - 8:24 PM