• Cryptocoryne spiralis 



    Difficulty: Easy to moderate

    Type: Rosette

    Size: 8 – 40+ cm in height

    Position and Usage: Midground to background placement

    Growth rate: Moderate

    Lighting: 2/5 - 5/5

    Water Conditions: 22 - 28° C; pH of 6.5 to 7.5

    CO2: Not required

    Propagation: Rhizome division; runners

    Special Requirements: Iron-rich substrate 

    Cryptocoryne spiralis

    SKU: 00200
    • Known also as the ‘Spiral Water Trumpet’, Cryptocoryne spiralis is a ‘primitive’ Cryptocoryne variant native to India. It is distinguished by a septum (a wall or partition) that closes the kettle (the lower, cylindrical part to the spathe), a feature not seen in any other Cryptocoryne variant. True to its name, C. spiralis has slender foliage that may grow in loose, vertical spirals. The yellow-green leaves will thicken when specimens are planted in isolation and narrow when specimens are planted in groups. Regular pruning and/or thinning will keep this plant at its finest. 

      While C. spiralis is a hardy species less prone to rot than most, tank conditions should be kept stable as this plant’s sensitivity to rot may be increased when shocked. Cryptocoryne species should not be moved once planted as they can take up to or over a month to recover. When healthy, C. spiralis will propagate through runners. The rhizomes can be divided and replanted if further propagation is desired. CO2 supplementation and high intensity lighting are not required but will encourage vigorous growth.