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. And, the plant is especially sensitive to a lack of soluble iron in the water. The plant’s seeds are released with a waterproof that lets them float for 1-2 days before sinking to the bottom and getting rooted. They prefer muddy sand, and if they have the proper conditions, they should reach a size with leaves of 4” in length, and bulbs over .39” in diameter, at which point the plants can be transplanted.
In an aquarium, this species works best in the background or midground, due to its large, lacy leaves.
- 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.
- CO2 injection and quality aquarium soil will yield better growth.
- Please research appropriately to ensure your plant thrives.
Family Name: Aponogetonaceae
Height: 12” – 24”+
pH: 4.5 – 6.5
Light: Low to High
Growth Rate: Fast