Hygrophila difformis ‘Water Wisteria’ Tissue Culture

Hygrophila difformis, also known as water wisteria, is a popular aquarium stem plant. It’s a great, fast-growing addition to any shrimp tank and its easy care even makes it suitable for beginners. Its feathery, deep green leaves are sure to brighten up any aquascape!

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Water wisteria is considered an easy aquarium plant suitable for beginners in the planted tank hobby. Added Co2 is not necessary to grow it (although it does always help) and just regular nutrient medium to high light should be enough to get this one growing very quickly. High light gives very finely feathered leaves while lower light conditions result in a less ‘pretty’ look. Do keep in mind that fast growth means lots of nutrients being used. Regular (micro)nutrient dosing is a good idea if you want to keep your water wisteria looking its best.

Water quality isn’t much of a concern with this plant. It can withstand a very wide range of water values and temperatures as long as plenty of light and nutrients are available. Temperatures between 68-86 °F and maybe even higher or lower are not a problem, which makes this plant perfect for unheated shrimp tanks. pH can be anywhere between 5 and 8.

Water wisteria is a stem plant, which means it can grow very high and needs regular pruning to maintain a full and bushy look. To prune your water wisteria, just cut off the top with a pair of aquarium scissors. This helps keep its length in check and also create a full look: the ‘beheaded’ plant will grow multiple new shoots.