Pogostemon stellatus/Eusteralis (Pogostemon stellatus)
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Pogostemon stellatus/Eusteralis (Pogostemon stellatus)


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Common Name: Pogostemon stellatus/Eusteralis
Proper Name: Pogostemon stellatus
Category: Stem Plants
Temperature: 22 - 28 C
PH: 5.0 - 6.5
Lighting: High,Very High
Growth Rate: Medium
Difficulty: Hard
Origin: Australia, Asia
Position in Aquascape: Background,Mid-Ground
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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.
 
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Absolutely requires high light, but if you give it what it needs, it's a beautiful and fast grower. I received cuttings which I put in my 75g tank with only half of my lights turned on, giving it only 1.44wpg. Even with injected CO2 with a pH controller and diligent IE ferts, it only declined. I added Flourish Root Tabs, but no change. Then I lost power for a week from hurricane Ike, and I was left with bare stems. I received new cuttings, and this time I increased my lighting to 2.88wpg. The new cuttings took off immediately, growing 1"-2" a day! The old, bare stems of my first cuttings are sending out new shoots which I will later harvest and plant. If you have enough light to grow this one, I highly recommend it. The stems grow straight up with a perfect circular leaf arrangement. Mine have some pink color, but I've read that it colors up even more with low nitrates.
 
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I am surprised to hear this is a hard to grow plant. In my experience the light is really the main factor controlling how well this plant does. I've put my two cuttings into a 10 Gal already filled with other plants. DIY CO2, very irregular and not controlled/measured. Inconsistent at best. The only fertilization I had were root tabs. The one shoot shot to the sky within a week and in a month, it was a monster. Lovely, pinkish color at the top, almost 5" spread, and it basically grew to the top of the water column and then spread out shutting down light to other plants and stunting them, including its little sibling - the second cutting. This was grown in white pool filter sand. I pulled it out and put it in 20 Gal. Same conditions though slightly more acidic (black water extract) and in Fluorite substrate. Within a couple of weeks it grew too large for this one as well, so I cut it in half and planted the top portion again. Roots are already starting a couple of days later. The second cutting from the original aquarium is already showing lots of new growth now that it has lots of light. I absolutely LOVE this plant.
 
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Why high light? I'm growing this plant at 1.35 WPG with CO2.
 
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Is anyone familiar with what deficiency causes drooping dark green leaves in old growth specifically? Some stems loose all leaves except for bunches of new growth at top of plant looking like a "witches broom"
 
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One time, when I purchased a bunch of limnophila aromatica from my LFS, I noticed a plant that looked a little different included in the bunch. Later I found out it was this plant. I keep it in high light with flourite substrate, diy co2, and flourish fertilizers, and the plant has grown above the water level. High light and a nutrient rich substrate are essential for it to even stand a chance, but co2 will make it grow even better.
 
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Purchased this plant for the first time a couple of weeks ago. So, far so good. I have 4x54W T5HO over 90G with injected CO2 and dry ferts. So far, the plant has been growing slowly. The fish are digging up some of the stems so it is having a hard time establishing itself. So far it is mostly green, but the leaves are taking on a faint pink hue.
 
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I recieved 2 little shoots of this plant as hitchhickers on another plant,it is growing like crazy.1 54 watt t5 HO over a 75 gallon,with ecocomplete.dose excell daily.
 
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I have successfully grown this plant really well and amazingly fast under; 3WPG T5HO, 30ppm Co2, eco-complete, and Seachem AquaVitro liquid ferts. (1.4-2.8 DKH 6.6pH 2.8 GH). In a standard 55 US gallon long tank. Within one week it has side shoots literally shooting from the stem and it rooted within ONE WEEK. It is not hard to grow it is a myth.
 
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Very surprised to read this is a difficult plant to grow or that it needs high light. I am new to growing plants. I set up a low light no med/low light, non CO2, no added fertiliser tank at my sister's where I put it in not knowing what it was (from the LFS) and left the tank for a month as I went away. I came back and it was growing well. Needed trimming a lot and it's still growing well and gets trimmed weekly. But it isn't pink, just green. Then I took a cutting an put it in my gravel substrate tank where I was growing out plants with EI and high light and CO2. Took off so fast I'm constantly cutting it and it has a lovely pink tinge.
 
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I bought some cuttings from a local store that didn't have roots. It took a few times to get it to root. You need to get the stem deep into the substrate to the point where the first segment with leaves is at the gravel surface. The original segments from when it arrived from the store have about a 3.5" spread and the distance between each segment is about 1/4". In my tank with 30ppm CO2, Finnex Planted and Aquasoil in an 18" deep tank, the spread is 5-6" and the segments are 1/2" apart. The leaves are pretty narrow on mine and I don't have the pink colour. It's not an iron deficiency because I have plenty. It's a nice plant and I've replaced the Cabomba at the back of my tank with this because I like it more.

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