If you want a plant that doesn’t look like all of your other plants
And is easy to grow,
And looks great under a variety of conditions…..Ludwigia is that plant.
Ludwigia Repens is the species I have kept the longest and it has brought me much joy over the year. I have been keeping it about 5 years and don’t ever intend on not having at least some of it around.
It’s main attraction for me is its flexibility to a variety of water types, substrates and lighting. I have had it under bright lights (250 watts on 125g) low light, (one single strip on a 75) and floating on the surface of a 75. It did well everywhere, obviously under better conditions it grew better, but it never really stopped growing regardless.
Ludwigia Repens has been my guage for how much iron to add to my tanks. When it is darker and purple underneath the iron is good, lighter, add more iron.
It’s easy to cut and propagate. Typically if it is growing long and tall I’ll hack it where it’ll have a long stem to grow down into the substrate. This will make the plant fuller and look better. Although I keep it in my 40 high with only one strip and natural sunlight where it grows straight up and down, no side action…
It also is great to break up an aquascape. The contrast of it with a long tall and skinny plant is great. I have kept it with swords, jungle val. Ect.
This is a must have plant. It takes everything you throw at it, and grows well…