Description: Cuphea anagalloidea is a gorgeous stem plant which ranges from light green to vibrant orange depending on the growth conditions. It can be somewhat temperamental - in our experience randomly stunting growth. Nitrate limitation is not required to bring out the bright oranges in this plant. Rather, intense lighting seems key in bringing out its healthiest form. Under lower lighting, growth is paler and less appealing.
Difficulty: As with all aquarium plants, Co2 injection and appropriate fertilisation are recommended for optimal health and growth. Cuphea anagalloidea is considered a difficult to grow aquarium plant. Generally speaking, it will require medium lighting, decent fertilisation and Co2 injection to grow well.
Emersed Growth: Cuphea anagalloidea grows very well, albeit slowly in its emersed form. The transitioning period is also relatively easy. From our experience, it usually takes 2 - 3 weeks, but we strongly recommend Co2 to aid this process.
If you are unsure of the difference between emersed and submersed growth you can visit our blog post here. This is a short article written by us that is easy to understand for beginners in planted aquariums.
- Temperature: 20 - 26°C
- pH: 4.5 - 7.2
- Growth Rate: Medium
- Lighting Requirements: Medium
- Co2 Injection: Required
- Origin: Asia