Cryptocoryne lutea Hobbit

  • Model: 30031
  • Origin: Sri Lanka
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Cryptocoryne lutea is one of the easiest Cryptocoryne species from Sri Lanka to care for. The new dwarf form, Hobbit, was isolated from a normal sized plant in the greenhouse and further propagated in the laboratory. Growing to a height of just a few centimetres, this Cryptocoryne is ideal for even the smallest aquaria. The growth rate is also significantly slower than that of the stem form. With good lighting, the leaves become a deep purplish-brown colour and make a nice contrast to other green foreground plants.

Understanding Crypt melt - all Cryptocoryne species require stable water parameter and light conditions. Once planted, Crypts should not be moved otherwise it can trigger what is called Crypt melt. If a Crypt has a significant change of environment (ph, kh , gh, lighting intensity or duration, root disturbance etc), Crypt melt can be triggered. The leaves start to disintegrate as the plant prepares for its new environment - DO NOT WORRY! Your plant will begin to grow back over the next 30 days (sometimes sooner, sometimes later) - it's still very much alive and busy getting ready for the growth of new leaves. In the meantime, any decaying leaves should be trimmed and recycled in a compost bin.

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by Philip B. on 15/3/2020

this is a really small plant , though very attractive. it arrived in perfect condition . There is always a risk with crypts of melt and loss of leaves , however there are signs of new leaves with the two I purchased so Im hoping they will settle well.

by Stephen G. on 21/7/2019

A fabulous little Cryptocoryne doing well, and beginning to grow. Crytocorynes make a good choice as small decorative plants for the front of an aquarium.

by Clive C. on 24/1/2019

Liked the look of this cryptocoryne for quite a while. It is small, but if you could describe a plant as having character then Hobbit is full of character !

by Roger H. on 27/8/2018

I bought three of these pots and split them into sixteen nice little plants for the foreground of a nano aquarium.

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