Sagittaria platyphylla is commonly known as Chilensis or Broad Leaf Sagittaria, and is a wide blade, grass-like plant. It is green in color, fast growing and can be placed in a variety of locations within the aquarium.
Plant the Chilensis in bunches or singly in the mid-ground part of the aquarium to provide a variance of leaf styles within the aquarium. Trim any dead tips on these plants, to inhibit the entire leaf from decaying. This plant is amphibious and will grow out of the water in a small aquarium. Provide a moderate amount of light in the range of 2 to 3 watts per gallon, using full spectrum bulbs (5000-7000K).
Reproduction with this plant occurs through runners set out by the plant, or by seed production. Allow the new plant to develop a root system and immature leaves prior to separating it from the mother plant. At that time, it can then be planted in a different location, or simply left in the same position.
The Chilensis benefits from regular additions of CO2, iron rich fertilizers, and trace elements.
Medium hardy plant that needs a lot of nourishment. If allowed to grow out of the water, it will produce oval leaves on petioles with white flowers. Sold in groups of 10: Price shown is for 10 plants.
- Common Name: Chilensis
- Family Name: Alismataceae
- Native To: North and Central America
- Lighting: Low-Medium
- pH: 6-8
- Growth Demands: Easy
- Growth Form: Upright
- Growth Rate: Medium
- True Aquatic: Yes
- Placement In Tank: Background
- Available As: Bare Root