Originally Posted by DanielaMarie
I am trying to heavily plant my 10 gallon tank and have been looking at different plants. I currently have jungle vallisneria and I really like the look of wisteria. About a week ago I planted some wisteria in my tank (gravel substrate) and after a few days they were severely rotting. Do you have any suggestions on how get them to take root and keep from rotting? I'm using Seachem Flourish Comprehensive Supplement for the Planted Aquarium and Seachem Flourish Tabs.
Define rotting please.
A note about Wisteria is that almost all that you buy from 'big box' stores (in person or online) are the emersed form, which means they have the leaves the plant grows when they are out of the water.
The emersed form has shorter, more round leaves.
The submerged form however has fairly long, thin, and branchy leaves.
Those pictures are both the same plant. After being put under water, the large leaves all curl up and drop off, while those new leaves start to spring out. Everything below the substrate will rot away, and roots will form at the lowest node.
As mentioned, Wisteria likes a bit brighter light, so if you have dim lighting or they're under shade they will not do as well. Sometimes they will continue to grow, but they will be bare stalks except at the very top.