Bare Root Submerse-Grown Cryptocoryne Usteriana
Scientific name: Cryptocoryne usteriana
Crypt. usteriana is a very rare Cryptocoryne. It is a giant broad leafed crypt with beautifully textured leaves.
The wide, puckered leaves are olive green on top with a pink or red underside. In the wild, this crypt will grow leaves that reach 60cm and in an aquarium 40cm plus.
This variety of Crypt is rare and only a very limited number of plants are available.
Cryptocorynes or Crypts are very popular, easy to grow, aquatic plants. There are many different species of crypts encompasing many leaf shapes, colours and textures. They can be all shades of green, red, copper and brown with textures as varied as smooth, wavy, dimpled, strappy, puckered or veined. The leaves grow in a very attractive rosetting formation.
Crypts typically originate in South East Asia where they enjoy growing in shady streams and rivers. In the wild, they will grow both above the water and underwater. This is referred to as emerse or submerse.
Typically, Cryptocorynes are best suited to nuetral pH 6.8-7.2 they prefer the pH to remain relatively constant. They are easy to grow. Ideally, when keeping crypts, a weekly 25% water change is recommended. They are well suited to low or medium-light and make very good foreground to midground plants depending on the variety and natural size. They look great grouped in patches of 3 or 5 plants.
In the wild, they adapt rapidly to life underwater during the wet season. The majority of our crypts are grown emerse. When they are placed in a tank they will grow new underwater leaves and establish themselves in the aquarium.
Crypts are one of the three main family groups of aquarium plants which include Anubias, Cryptocorynes and Echinodorus. Together these plant families can form the framework for a fantastic, aquascaped aquarium.