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Strange leaf formation in E. barthii (melon sword)

I have a red melon sword that when purchased looked like it was growing emersed form leaves. In its transition to submersed (I'm assuming), the leaves are forming in kind of a gnarly, twisted pattern (if you can call it a pattern). Is this customary as plants transition to different growth formations? Is it lacking nutrients (I buried 1/3 of a Jobe's palm and fern stick under the plant a few days after planting)? Thanks for any input.

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I've bought several melon swords over the last year, and have found this to be the case with all of them.

I read (and I can't remember where) that many aquarium plants are farmed in floating pots, and yes, many plants (namely swords) grow their leaves differently when they are submersed vs. partly out of the water.

The color of the leaves on all the melon swords I've bought have always been bright green, then shift to the "melon" color variations of red after they've been submersed for a month or two. The stems also fade and the leaves extend all the way to base of the plant.
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As yours start to grow the submersed form are they coming in all twisted looking, or do they have the customary sword leaf shape?

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It can depend on the plant. Mine do both.
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