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Watersprite question-

I am the owner of the "HUGE" watersprite plant that is over 2 ft tall. Every few weeks I pinch the top few inches off of it due to brown, mushy leaves. What causes this to happen, is it from being too close to the light possilby?? Thanks-
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Could be due to lack of nutrients from reaching to the upper extremities. That's a very tall plant and this might be the case. Is it evident in some of the tips of the plant as well?

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By tips do you mean the ends of the branches? That is where I pinch, the top 3-4 inches. No harm done, the plant is use, I was just wondering what made the ends get a mushy look to them. Watersprite is a water column feeder correct IBN?? Thanks-
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By tips I meant, tips of the plant in general, and not necessarily the topmost branch that you're pinching off.

Watersprite gets its nutrients both from the water column and through its root system. Hence the reason why it can be used as a floating plant or anchored down. When it is rooted, it can become a pretty heavy feeder (that plant of yours must have an extensive root system), which you can test by just tugging on it by its base.

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I don't plant water sprites anymore. They invariable grow too big, and removing them once they are old and overgrown is a major aquascaping event. Trimming off the top of the leaves works, but it looks ugly. After all, it is a fern, and the shape of the leaves as a whole is important for its overall appearance. You can just remove the oldest leaves, but again, they grow to monsters anyway.

I just let them float nowadays. They grow little adventitious plants, and when they start to shade too much the go to compost heaven, and the little sons or daughters take over.

I am experimenting with a plant that I planted upside down
It was floating on the surface for a while, then I turned it around and let it float some more, and when it grew roots I planted it. It seems to have it slowed down a little

This must sound funny to all those who can't get watersprites to grow.


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I love the watersprite plants and learned a quick lesson for the large ones ... they need lots of nutrients in the water column ! Its almost an irritating amount that they demand to stay lush.
Smaller plants thrive easily but as they grow , they are nutrient pigs. The trick comes in when you try to decipher "when is enough". Its a beautiful plant but as Wasser stated... they can be a handful.

The easiest thing is to take small ones and rotate the stock...
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Watersprite grows way too fast for me.. like I can literally watch it grow. I started with one mother plant and now I have huge surplus of watersprite just sitting in buckets!
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Thanks everyone for answering. Is there one nutrient that it needs more than others, and also I do not use C02, but being a low light plant I figured that was not a problem. Also, can I just cut the good looking portions and plant them in the flourite right away?? Yes, I agree you CAN actually watch it grow from day to day...I like them alot. Thanks FL
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Most likely macronutrients, such as nitrate. You're correct in assuming that you can just cut parts of it off and replant the clippings.

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I do add nitrate in the form of stump remover to keep it about 10 ppm. Thanks IBN!
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