• Alternanthera reineckii 'Lilacina'

     

    QUICK NOTES:

    Difficulty: Moderate

    Type: Stem

    Size: 15 – 50cm in height; 5 – 20cm in width

    Position and Usage: Midground to background

    Growth rate: Moderate

    Lighting: 4/5 – 5/5

    Water Conditions: 20 – 25°C; pH 6.5 – 7.5

    CO2: Required

    Propagation: Cuttings

    Special Requirements: Iron-rich substrate

    Alternanthera reineckii 'Lilacina'

    C$12.98Price
    • ‘Lilacina’ is a cultivar variant of the Alternanthera reineckii species. It has naturally dense, dark-red to purple foliage that will vary given tank conditions and can grow to reach a tank’s surface, surpassing 50 cm in height. It is well-suited to midground or background placement but may need to be pruned regularly to prevent the shading of foreground plants. Regular trimming will encourage shrub-like growth.

      Although A. reineckii ‘Lilacina’ is a tolerant plant, it requires 8 to 10 hours of medium-to-high intensity light a day. For best results, consider CO2 supplementation and substrate fertilization to enhance foliage growth and vibrancy, as A. reineckii ‘Lilacina’ is especially prone to iron deficiency. Nutrient deficiencies will result in pale, slow-growing foliage; healthy specimens will grow at a moderate pace. Any clippings can be planted into the substrate to induce new, propagative clusters.