Pogostemon Helferi Bunch LIVE AQUARIUM PLANT
Aquarists in Thailand, close to the border with Burma, discovered this plant. It is called 'Downoi' (little star) in Thailand, and it is easy to see why (5-10 cm tall and wide). Pogostemon helferi is an unusual and distinctive aquatic plant with a compact habit, curly leaves and a strikingly beautiful green colour.
With good light conditions and a nutrient-rich substrate, Pogostemon helferi forms many side shoots that develop small roots, and the plant rapidly forms an impressive carpet of foreground vegetation.
Pogostemon Helferi is a striking plant and easily noticeable by the green curly leaves, spiraling up the shoot. It is aesthetic, but it is also one of the most miniature freshwater plants in your tank. That means you can host a Pogostemon Helferi in a smaller tank.
These plants are pretty similar to the Dwarf Baby Tears in appearance. It has a rosette-shaped design, and the plant's leaf shape is wavy. The leaves of the Helferi grow outwards from the stem and create a star-shaped pattern with its wavy leaves. They look very beautiful with Dwarf Baby tears.
It needs constant fertilizing, mainly when there is not much fish in the tank to contribute. The leaves will become yellowish when they don't get enough iron, but they can recover fast if you notice it early and add nutrients in the recommended doses. CO2 may be added to accelerate growth, but the plant will still grow without it, just a bit slower.
The best way to make a plant feel at home and grow to its full potential is to set up a tank that mimics its natural environment. Follow these guidelines to ensure that your Helferi thrives.
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