The Aponogeton Henkelianus is the close relative of a similar species, the Aponogeton Madagascariensis. Both plants come from Madagascar. Henkelianus is found in fast-flowing water, and features lacy, broad leaves, with swallow-tailed white or yellowish flowers. These flowers self-pollinate and allow the plant to propagate through seeds.
Interestingly, the species prefers a substrate low in organic matter. Rich substrates will actually harm the plant: dark brown dead spots on leaves are an indication that the substrate has too many nutrients. Further, Henkelianus grows best in the presence of the roots of nearby “companion” plants, such as the smaller Cryptocoryne species. This companion plant should be planted first.
The bulb of the Henkelianus should be only partially buried.
- Do not make drastic changes to the aquarium. Unstable parameters will result in melt and rotting of the aquarium plant.
- Aponogeton grows fairly large making this aquarium plant suitable for larger planted aquariums.
- If received in a pot, please remove all rock wool from the roots. Where possible we try and ship without pots or rockwool. Due to them being non-biodegradable we prefer to propagate in an environmentally conscious way.
- CO2 will generally yield better growth rates.
- Stables water conditions are a must, changes should occur over a period of time in order to reduce chances of melting etc.