01-09-2011, 05:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Byron
Stem plants grow individually as a long stem from which the leaves arise. The growing end is the tip. As opposed to the cut end which is stuck in the substrate. Stem plants need regular pruning/trimming, or they will just keep growing and at the surface usually along it. Lower leaves tend to die off when they reach the surface.
That is for normal stem plants. I mentioned earlier I was unfamiliar with this particular plant, so I did some checking online and came up with this brief description; as I suspected though, it was developed from H. corymbosa, so at least I was on the right track.
Hygrophila corymbosa 'Kompakt' is a great aquarium plant selection. It is a low growing form of Hygrophila corymbosa that has reddish newer leaves under bright light. It also is a very dense growing plant that forms sideshoots readily to make an attractive cluster. This is a great plant best suited for the foreground or midground areas of a planted aquarium.
I've never had (or seen) this plant, so can't add much. Given this description though, you may not have to do any pruning to make it spread. On another site I found, it mentions that it can attain up to 10 inches in height.
Thank you so much. I think I will just keep this plant where it is and see how it decides to grow in my tank. In the mean time I will simply order some marsala minuta for the carpet. I think it should do well there