Bacopa Caroline (Bacopa caroliniana)
Bacopa Caroline is a fairly common perennial aquarium plant. It does not require special attention and is a beautiful decoration of each aquarium because of its long and bright leaves. This plant is suitable for those who recently began to monitor the aquarium and do not know many of the subtleties of care. Bacopa grows well in any water and multiplies rapidly.
The appearance of the plant
The home of Bacopa Caroline is the Atlantic coast in America. Its leaves are oval in shape a little more than two centimeters, and its color strikes with greenish-yellow tints. Leaves grow in pairs on long winding stems. In good lighting, the upper part of the stem shimmers with a pinkish unusual overflow. She is absolutely not picky. The most important thing for Bacopa is high-quality soil and a lot of light in these conditions, it will delight you with rapid development. When bacopa leaves friction, Caroline produces a citrus-mint tender, unobtrusive odor. Also, the plant will delight you with small bluish-purple flowers, framed in five petals.
Bacopa has several subspecies, which differ slightly only in the shape of the leaves and several shades of flowers.
How to care for Caroline Bacopa
Even despite the fact that Bacopa is very unpretentious, even she needs a little care. The most important thing is to control the lighting, which is so necessary for the full development. In addition, it is worth monitoring its growth and timely cutting, so that it does not fill the entire aquarium. With timely pruning, the stems of Bacopa will become more magnificent and will delight you with young juicy shoots. Of course, if you prefer long wriggling stems, rather than a lush bush, then cutting Bacopa is much less likely, so you will achieve the desired effect.
It is recommended to feed the plant once a year, but this is not a mandatory care process. With periodic feeding of Bacopa, Caroline will often delight you with delicate flowering and will quickly grow.
In the aquarium, Bacopa Caroline can only propagate by cuttings. So for breeding you will need to trim a couple of young shoots from the top of about 15 cm. After cutting the stems you need to plant in the aquarium, you should not wait for the roots to appear. Bacopa will take root on her own in the near future.
The aquarium for Bacopa should be no more than 30 cm in height. The sprout of Bacopa should be planted in nutrient soil, so that the plant takes root and accelerate the development process. If you create such favorable conditions, then your process will very quickly turn into an adult plant. Flowering occurs only when two conditions are met: good lighting and the water temperature should be at least 30 degrees.
Bacopa easily coexists in a warm and tropical climate, and in its natural environment the plant lives in marshy soil, so a water garden is perfect for it. The temperature should be kept no more than 30 degrees. At temperatures below 20 degrees, the plant slows down growth and the process of decay can begin. So you need to carefully monitor the air temperature. Although Bacopa can get along in any water, but the best option for it was weakly acidic water at about dH 6-8. Otherwise, with strong stiffness, the leaves of Bacopa Caroline begin to deform.
It is best to plant Bacopa processes in sand or small pebbles. Bacopa has a rather weak root system, so you should carefully watch that the soil for the plant is slightly silted.
Caring for Bacopa Caroline will not be difficult. But this plant will delight you with its beautiful flowering and will decorate any aquarium.