maintenance, care, compatibility
Lemongrass, or nomafila direct – is a beautiful plant of the Acanta family. The natural distribution area is Africa and Southeast Asia, bodies of water with stagnant water or slow currents. Today, lemongrass is often found in home aquariums due to aesthetic appearance and simplicity in the content.
Looks great in spacious tanks. With proper care, nomafila grows a thick bush.
The plant is characterized by straight leaves with a light green color on top and silver bottom. They are located at different angles from each other, perpendicularly. The stem is powerful, the root system is strong, well developed.
In the aquarium, lemongrass can grow thick bush, speaking on the surface of the reservoir. Therefore, it is perfect for creating paludarium, greenhouse and aquascape.
If the plant does not have enough space, it slows down its growth, although the appearance does not change.
The main rules for growing in an aquarium:
- Nomafil direct grows best in a group. To improve growth, you need to periodically shorten the stalks.
- A relatively tall plant that can reach a height of 50 cm. Can shed leaves that need to be harvested.
- Vegetatively propagated by cutting. From the mother plant are separated daughter roots with leaves. The top of an adult plant should be cut by 5-7 cm. The processes should be planted in the prepared soil.
- This procedure is useful for adult lemongrass. It will begin to grow better, forming new cuttings.
- It is not recommended to separate the apical shoots that are under water. Because of this, lemongrass will lose its appeal.
- Suitable for a tropical aquarium. Growing year round.
See what lemongrass looks like.
Caring for a true aquarist is not only fish. He is interested in the whole “object” as a whole: the landscape at the bottom, and the location of the aquarium, and without fail – plantings in it.
Moreover, the plants to a large extent affect the life of the aquarium population, which hides in them, eats up greens, and receives oxygen from it. And everyone wants the plants to perform not only a purely utilitarian role, but also decorated the landscape. Therefore, among those who keep tropical fish, so popular is the lemongrass aquarium plant.
It is surprisingly beautiful and magnificent, besides it is also an underwater-above-water view. That is, reaching the surface of the water does not stop there, but, on the contrary, it begins to grow faster and often to bloom.
However, to achieve this, you will have to try a lot: the lemongrass aquarium plant is quite picky and demanding.
First of all, thanks to its pomp, the plant requires a large aquarium. Those who have long been growing lemongrass, advise not to plant it in a capacity of less than one hundred and fifty liters.
Or settle in it a single plant and do not multiply it. To plant the plant should be at the far wall of the home – otherwise, growing, the bush will block you the whole view.
Next is the temperature. This handsome man hails from South Asian rivers and marshes, where, as you know, there is almost no winters (at least in our understanding). Therefore, heat – the first thing that needs lemongrass aquarium.
Its content at temperatures below 22 degrees leads to a stall in growth; and if the water has cooled to 20, the plant will die. The optimum temperature will be 24-28.
Mandatory conditions under which your plant will feel great are the following:
- Soil with a layer of seven centimeters – magnolia vine has powerful roots that need to cling to something. The soil must be silted.
- Periodic pruning – it stimulates the growth of lateral shoots.
- Weekly replacement of a quarter of the volume of water in the aquarium.
- Careful intervention in the existing system – with sharp deviations from the usual lifestyle, lemongrass begins to “feel sad.”
There is nothing difficult in it – the usual cuttings. The tip of a healthy specimen is cut off and placed directly in the ground.
At first, a separate small clay pot can be distinguished for a young plant so that the fish do not undermine it. When the roots grow and strengthen, a new bush is transplanted into the soil of the aquarium. Alternative method: before the roots appear, let the stalk float on the water.
However, due to the fact that its top will reach for the light, the stem is bent – and remains so forever.
Every owner of the aquarium knows how important it is to give its interior design a lively and natural look. Here and the selection of stones and the formation of a sandy bottom, but most importantly – this design plants.
One of the most popular plants used in an aquarium is the lemongrass aquarium or as it is also called the nomafila straight.
It owes its name to its origin in Southeast Asia and its specific lemon smell. Externally, the plant is represented by a long, straight and incredibly durable stem with oval-shaped leaves placed along its entire length with a dark green shade and very sharp ends.
But like any living creature, lemongrass requires care. Therefore, we consider the basic rules of the content of this plant.
With the right approach and the creation of comfortable and favorable conditions, lemongrass can grow to a really serious size, which will allow it to even go beyond the limits of the water boundary of the aquarium. In addition, when placing this plant in the background, it will be possible to get not only a beautiful background, but also thereby leave open to view other plants placed in the aquarium.
But in order to achieve a similar result, you need to know about the main points of caring for him. So, they include:
- Maintain a tropical climate in the aquarium.
- Use of pure fresh water with a constant temperature not lower than 22 degrees. Remember, if the temperature value drops even one degree below the border mark, the plant will not only practically stop growing, but there will also be a decrease and wilting of the leaves.
- Do not allow the degree of water hardness to fall below 8. If this happens, the schisandra will completely lose all its leaves.
- Regular change of water in the aquarium. This should be done at least 1 time within 7 days.
- Do not use as feed minerals.
- Accurate alkalinization. If such a procedure is carried out, then you should very carefully add baking soda, since nomafila has a rather high sensitivity to various chemicals.
As for the aquarium day, it is recommended to draw it out with silt with a large number of different nutrients. Thanks to its incredibly developed root system, the lemongrass is absolutely indifferent to the subtrac.
The only thing that should be created is a layer of not less than 5 cm. Also, when moving the plant to a new site, it is mandatory to put some clay on its root.
In addition, an important aspect in creating favorable conditions in the aquarium is lighting. For this purpose, it is best to purchase fluorescent lamps with a power of 1 / 2W per 1 liter. water.
It is recommended to install them on the sides of the aquarium. Also in working condition they must be at least 12 hours.
Important! In case of poor lighting, a fall of the lower leaves of the plant may occur.
Under optimal conditions, nomafila grows year-round and reaches the surface of the aquarium. Therefore, for its cultivation, it is recommended to choose a vessel at least 55 cm tall.
It is best to plant lemongrass in aquariums of large volume, and it can grow to its maximum size and come to the surface.
A warm-water tropical aquarium is best suited for nomafily. The plant is very fond of heat, so the water temperature is required in the range from 22 to 28 degrees.
A lower temperature is bound to stop the growth of lemongrass and chopping the leaves.
The conditions of the aquarium plants lemongrass require bright lighting. It should grow right under a powerful lamp and then the leaves of the nomafils will be healthy and saturated colors. As soon as it becomes too dark for the plant, lemongrass will become paler and smaller.
Approximate lamp power – from 0.5 W / 1l. volume of water. The duration of the lighting is twelve hours.
For the growth of nomafily requires nutrient soil with the addition of sludge, clay, charcoal. Soil thickness – not less than 5 cm. For rooting the stem.
When the content of such a plant in an aquarium, you need to replace a weekly one-fifth of the water every week. Water hardness plays an important role for lemongrass – it should be at least 8 ° C, soft water is not suitable for the plant and its leaves begin to break down.
It is recommended to update the nomafile at least twice a year. It multiplies by simple cuttings. The processes of approximately 7 centimeters are separated, planted in the ground and they quickly root.
This ensures good growth, the plant begins to bush even more and produce new cuttings. Plant it recommended by the group.
If the plant changes leaf color or slows growth, then the optimal balance for the content of schisandra is disturbed. Possible problems with the nomafila:
- with a lack of light, the lower leaves begin to die off;
- in very soft water the greens begin to break down;
- temperature is lower than necessary: the leaves become smaller, and the growth of the plant itself stops;
- with insufficient soil thickness, lemongrass stops growing, as there is no place for the plant’s rhizome to develop.
Changes in the appearance of the nomafil will prompt that the conditions for its content are not ideal and require correction.
Another reason why lemongrass can wilt and ache is the lack of nutrients an aquarium plant sometimes needs fertilizing with fertilizers, otherwise the leaves may curl, lose color, and holes will appear on them. Lack of calcium, magnesium or phosphorus leads to “radiculitis” – leaves are korezhit, they turn yellow and become covered with red-brown spots.
If such signs are detected, complex fertilizers should be added to the water.
Breeding and care for lemongrass is not difficult, you only need to provide the plant with nutritive soil and bright light. Under ideal conditions, lemongrass grows rather quickly – up to 10 cm per week.
If you create the necessary conditions for the plant, it will grow beautiful to large sizes and will become a real decoration of the home aquarium.
Aquarium plants are divided into heat-loving and cold-loving. This article focuses on a plant such as lemongrass.
He belongs to the order of heat-loving.
Lemongrass is a bush with medium-sized leaves. It can reach huge sizes and even protrude to the surface of the water.
To prevent this from happening, it is necessary to plant the plant in the sand, in a small clay pot, it will slow the growth of the plant, since the roots have nowhere to develop further.