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Anubias emersed

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I've been trying to grow some anubias nana partially emergent, but the leaves that are out of the water always dry up and die. Why does this keep happening, and what can I do about it?
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Anubias is a fully aquatic plant and should always have its leave moist otherwise the leaves will dry out. So just put the plant underwater.

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Anubias is NOT a fully aquatic plant and will flourish in an emersed state if you keep the humidity up. I got several species and varieties in my emersed tanks. If you aren't using it in a closed tank, I'd suggest misting it a couple times per day more at the start. Several species are naturally found in non-submersed habitats.


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I would say it's because you have more of the plant below the waterline than above it, causing it to try growing leaves designed to be submersed above the water.

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Try keeping the rhyzome under the water, but the leaves above it. It's worked for me before.
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You can also keep the entire plant except a few roots out of water if in a humid environment. I've got some planted in a soil substrate mixture, that I've made for my emersed tanks, where only the soil in the bottom of the container is below the waterline. Grows like crazy, blooms often. The humidity within that tank ranges from 40/50 to 80% depending on when I remember to spray everything down and how well I put the year old plastic wrap back on.

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I have the same set-up as Johnson, waterline is up to substrate level and all I have are the roots under the soil. The rhizome is completely above soil/water. I do mist about 3 times a day. I also didn't transition it slowly, or at all for that matter. If it's coming from submerged growth to emersed I'd recommend misting at least 5 times a day for the first week to keep it nice and wet. Then you can start slowly decreasing the frequency of mistings.

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I've had success putting the Anubis over where my bubbles form or any kind of splashing, like a waterfall. I find I don't have to mist them this way. I'm got really good at remembering things like that.
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Anubias Underwater



Anubias grown aquaponically under a humidity dome



Anubias grown underwater & above water



Anubias just need to stay damp in a humid environment. I have a few in the Riparium that do not have roots in the water and they are growing too. I use a bit of rock wool around the roots and wedge that into the crouch of a driftwood branch. The rockwool holds enough moisture to maintain the plant.
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