Helanthium tenellum 'Broad Leaf', also known as Echinodorus tenellus 'Broad Leaf,' is a captivating aquatic plant that offers a unique variation of the popular Helanthium tenellum (formerly Echinodorus tenellus) species. Renowned for its broad leaves and carpeting growth habit, this plant contributes to lush and vibrant foregrounds in freshwater aquariums. Its distinct appearance and ease of care make it a favorite among aquascapers of all levels.
Leaf Structure: Helanthium tenellum 'Broad Leaf' showcases its name with its wider and more substantial leaves compared to the standard H. tenellum. The leaves are still reminiscent of grass blades, but their broader shape adds a distinct texture to the carpet.
Growth Form: This plant exhibits a runner-based growth habit, with horizontal stems extending across the substrate. New plants emerge along these runners, forming a dense and visually appealing carpet composed of the broader leaves.
Root System: Similar to other Helanthium and Echinodorus species, Helanthium tenellum 'Broad Leaf' develops a network of fine roots that anchor it in the substrate and absorb essential nutrients.
Lighting: Moderate to high lighting is recommended for Helanthium tenellum 'Broad Leaf' to encourage vigorous and compact growth. Adequate lighting promotes the formation of a lush carpet with the distinctive broad leaves.
Substrate: A nutrient-rich substrate is essential for cultivating this plant variant. The roots of Helanthium tenellum 'Broad Leaf' draw nutrients from the substrate, supporting its overall growth and development.
CO2 Injection: While not strictly necessary, supplying the aquarium with carbon dioxide (CO2) can enhance the growth and vibrancy of this plant. CO2 supplementation is particularly beneficial in setups with higher lighting.
Water Parameters: Maintain water conditions within a pH range of 6.0 to 7.5 and a water hardness level of soft to moderately hard. The temperature should ideally be between 20 to 28°C.
Propagation: Propagation of Helanthium tenellum 'Broad Leaf' is achieved through the growth of runners, a common characteristic of the Helanthium genus. As new plants develop along the runners and establish their own root systems, they can be gently separated and replanted to expand the carpet.
Maintenance: Regular trimming of damaged or excessively tall leaves is necessary to maintain the desired carpet appearance. Pruning overcrowded areas can encourage healthy growth and prevent shading issues.
Aquascaping Use: Helanthium tenellum 'Broad Leaf' is highly suitable for creating lush foreground carpets in aquascaping layouts. Its broader leaves create a striking contrast to finer-leaved plants and contribute to a sense of scale and depth within the aquarium.
Challenges: Providing consistent lighting and sufficient nutrient availability is crucial for the successful growth of Helanthium tenellum 'Broad Leaf.' Suboptimal conditions can lead to slower growth and reduced carpet density.
Helanthium tenellum 'Broad Leaf' is a visually captivating plant that adds a unique dimension to freshwater aquariums. Its broad leaves and carpet-forming growth habit allow aquarists to create visually captivating and natural-looking aquascapes. By ensuring the right care and conditions, enthusiasts can appreciate the beauty and versatility of Helanthium tenellum 'Broad Leaf' as it transforms the foreground of their aquariums into a vibrant and dynamic scene.
Plants with great success!
Tissue Cultures are very young plants cultivated and delivered directly from the laboratory. The plants are guaranteed to be free from snails, algae and pesticides and, therefore, are harmless for sensitive shrimp and fish.
Success with your aquarium depends largely on the proper plant choice. In a Tissue Culture cup, you get many plants that can be divided into small portions and cover a larger area. Plants are compact from the start, so you will experience dense and beautiful growth if you give them the right fertiliser and CO2!
- Carefully take the plant out of the cup and rinse off the growing media.
- To prevent mildew and algae, rinse with chlorine-free water.
- Split the plant into portions using your fingers or scissors.
- Plant portions into the substrate using tweezers or attach to the hardscape in case of rhizomatous.
Then watch them grow!
Country or continent where a plant is the most common. Cultivars arise or are bred in cultivation.
Growth rate of the plant compared to other aquatic plants.
Average height (cm) of the plant after two months in the tank.
The average or medium light demand of an aquarium plant is 0.5 W/L.
A medium need in CO2 is 6-14 mg/L. A high demand in CO2 is approx. 15-25 mg/L.