Water Hedge, Red Temple, Scarlet Temple - Alternanthera reineckii - Live Aquatic Plant

Water Hedge, Red Temple - Alternanthera reinecki

price $5.99 (5x stems)
Family: Amaranthaceae
Common Name: Alternanthera reineckii
Proper Name:Water Hedge, Red Temple, Scarlet Temple
Category: Stem Plants
Maximum Height: 20-45 cm or more
Light: Moderate to Strong
Temperature: 24-28 °С
pH: 5.0 to 8.0
Origin: South America
Water Hardness: Soft to Hard
Nutrients: Ample Nutrients; CO2 Recommended
Relative Growth Speed: Slow to Moderate
Alternanthera reineckii is a variety with a reddish color to the topside of the leaves and one with a more purplish hue. Strong light is important for strong red coloring. The leaf undersides can have a purplish tint. This Alternanthera species is relatively easy to grow and can be treated like most stem plants. Regular pruning is important for maintaining optimal appearance as the lower portions of the stems will tend to lose leaves. The cuttings can be planted in place of stems that are losing leaves. Cutting a stem will encourage the stem to split at that node, which helps create more of a bushy appearance in a thick stand of these stems.