Planted Tank Guru
A strikingly beautiful plant that can be very difficult to grow properly.
Pogostemon stellatus formally known as Eusteralis stellata is a very difficult plant for the beginner or even an intermediate grower. it prefers an acidic substrate such as Flora Base, Aqua soil, it will also do well in Eco Complete, Flourite and sand as long as the addition of peat is introduced underneath the main substrate, (Low KH/4 or less & GH/5 or less)
Lighting needs to be within the 3wpg range.
CO2 injection is a necessity, 24/7 managed and regulated for best results, a mist of C02 is recommended.
Fertilization should be diligent, NPK, TE and Fe.
The bio-filtration also plays an important role in the overall success of growing this plant. filter needs to be large enough to produce good flow and house adequate media.
A very stunning plant when grown to its glory in the aquarium.
Propagation is easy for a healthy plant, it will scarcely produced new shoots along the stem, most of the extra stems/shoots will grow from the crown, giving the crown a stunted look for a short period of time.