Pogostemon helferi (Downoi)

Pogostemon helferi : The best foreground aquarium plant

Pogostemon helferi or Downoi in "Thai" which translates into English as “Little Star” is a beautiful plant of foreground aquarium, which under favourable growing conditions form a dense carpet of leaves dark green. Found originally in waterways of Thailand and Myanmar. The curly leaves and the form of leaf of different make stand out from the crowd of other plants of foreground and this fact, it creates an interesting variation and regeneration of aquarium plants.

Pogostemon helferi is probably the easiest foreground plant because it is not also light requiring that most other foreground plants; low - moderate lighting, the individual stem is simply a bit more long and the plant appears to be less compact. Try Pogostemon helferi with other such as Glossostigma or Hemianthus plants to create new and exciting color contrast in the aquarium.

Growth characteristics of Pogostemon helferi

Pogostemon helferi is a plant that has the stem of short distances between nodes that helps create the appearance of a compact Bush. This plant can be up to 2 inches (5 cm) of height below light, but will develop a little more grand (5 inches) in moderate lighting conditions. It prefers a fertile substrate bed, at least moderate light and carbon dioxide to do well. Its growth rate is moderate for a plant stem. Pogostemon helferi will continue to remain short, but small side shoots can appear every two weeks and will grow in size in a period of three weeks. The leaves are curly distinctive green bright and reach a length of about 1 inch (2.5 cm). Yellowing or pale green leaves are direct signs of iron deficiency or insufficient lighting. It is important to dilute and replant excessive growth on Pogostemon helferi stems to ensure adequate lighting reached these leaves.

Pogostemon helferi : Propagation 

Propagation is easy by replanting lateral shoots. Cut each side of filming and replant directly in the bed of substrate. A network of roots are formed about 2 inches (5 cm) below the substrate. More tall stems of Pogostemon helferi can be divided into two to encourage side shoots to sprout from the bottom of surplus.

Pogostemon helfer in Thailand

pogostemon helferi thai

Reference
  : Tropica.com
  : Aquascapingworld.com