Water Primrose

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I recently got a water prime rose and I am qwondering how do I go about if I want to plant it in the gravel ??  Antonio

   The Water Primrose is a great plant for beginners because it adapts readily to almost any environment and is very easy to maintain!

The Water Primrose is an extremely hardy and easy plant to care for. It grows to a maximum height of 20 inches (50 cm) at a fast rate if provided with the proper care. It goes best as a midground or background plant. Once the plant grows up to the surface of the water, the stems will begin to grow horizontally across it and the leaves will grow closer together.

The leaves can vary from plant to plant, but are generally wide and round with a olive-green on top and a red on the bottom. Also, the brighter the light, the more intense the colors will be. Propagation of the Water Primrose is quite simple and all that needs to be done is to plant cuttings off the main plant.

The water conditions should be regularly checked to help the Water Primrose thrive. It needs a pH between 5.5 and 7.5, with the temperature more cooler than warmer. Make sure to perform regular water changes and fertilize regularly after each change. Bottom fertilization that is very nutrient-rich is important. Also prune the plant regularly to keep it healthy and growing well.

For more Information on keeping a planted aquarium see:
About Planted Aquariums, Adding Aquatic Plants For a Healthy Aquarium


   Water Primrose originate in tropical North and Central America.

Water conditions:

   Temperature: 68-86° F (20-30° C)
   pH: 5.0 - 7.2
   dCH: 2-15°


   Light level: Bright - 50 watts per 25 gallons


   The Dwarf Rotala propagates from cuttings and side shoots.


   The Water Primrose is readily available.

Author: Jasmine Brough
Lastest Animal Stories on Water Primrose

Antonio - 2016-02-21
I recently got a water prime rose and I am qwondering how do I go about if I want to plant it in the gravel ??

Julia - 2008-01-29
I've heard it said this is a good beginner plant, but my plant didn't take long to die. My fish seem very healthy, so I don't think the water is toxic or anything. I haven't really had luck with any plants though. The fish did nibble on it a good bit though. That could have been the culprit.

  • Gus - 2013-11-16
    Hi Julia. It´s very strange to have this plant just die. It´s a strong plant that if not getting nutrients from the sand or gravel will launch 'aerial' roots to get it. Probably your acuarium ecosystem aint complete, maybe your biological filter is not doing the job or you are not cleaning it properly. I bought four single plants in a very bad shape and are growing great.I use regular river sand, the one used to mix with concrete cement to build houses and freeways and all my plants are growing just fine. No fertilizers or CO2 added.
  • Zack - 2013-11-23
    I was at my LFS the other day and got talking about plants with one of the employees. Any plant that has that reddish color tends to be a little more fragile and hard to maintain. The redness in it is caused by iron, if your substrate does not contain iron consider adding a supplement to your water or substrate! If you are looking for hardy and easy to care for plants, green is the way to go!