Banana Plant | Nymphoides Aquatica Aquarium Plant


Banana Plant, also known as the Big Floating Heart, is an interesting and unique looking Rosette Plant. It has banana-shaped roots that remain partially unplanted, and store the nutrients for the rest of the plant. The only member of its genus to be used as an aquarium plant because it is the hardiest, and most tolerant of deep water and low light. It is an amphibious plant and will grow either fully, or partially submerged.

The banana-shaped roots of this plant should be planted no more than 1/4 of their length. Plant them by gently pressing them into the substrate. The Banana Plant should be provided with a minimum of 2 watts per gallon of light within the spectrum of 5000 to 7000K. The ideal water conditions for best results are a temperature of 68°-82°F, an alkalinity of 3 – 6 dKH and a pH of 6.0-7.2.

Propagation occurs when adventitious plants are formed and firmly pressed into damp ground or the aquarium substrate. Fully formed leaves may also be pressed into substrate to form new plants. Use Banana Plants as foreground plants and plant them singly for best results and for the most attractive look.

Lighting: Moderate
Placement: Foreground
Water Conditions: 68-82° F, KH 3-6, pH 6.0-7.2
Propagation: Adventitious Plants, Formed leaves pressed into substrate
Max. Size: 6″
Color Form: Green
Origin: North America
Family: Menyanthaceae