As of 5-1-20 These plants look just about like the photo in my hand....
They have been growing rapidly underwater for 14 days and should only melt back a tiny little bit. (But my tanks aren't the same as yours :)
Crypt Balansae is one of the taller Crypt varieties that we sell. Its full name is Cryptocoryne crispatula var balansae. Unlike Crypt Spiralis, Crypt Balansae is a little more sensitive. Like most Crypts, it might melt back in your tank when you first recieve it.(It hasn't melted in my 220 yet but that doesn't mean it can't happen) Make sure you plant your C. Balansae in a good substrate with plenty of nutrients available.
It has been my experience that Crypt Balansae is a heavy root feeder, so make sure you at least have some root tabs. It's ruffled, taller leaves give it a nice contrast in your planted aquarium My buddy Bryan demanded that I start stocking this plant, I told him I would under the condition that he wrote the write up, but I had to get it up here... Here is Bryan's take on it ;)
Cryptocoryne balansae is an awesome plant! It can be a center piece plant in a small aquarium or as a filler plant for larger tanks. From beginner to expert, crypt balansae is an outstanding addition to your aquarium. If you are searching for a way to have the look of a ruffle onion but don’t have the room in a small tank, Crypt. Balansae is the way to go. Crypt Balansae’s leaves are narrow. In my tank I have never had a leaf wider than ¾ of an inch. The leaves reach up to 8 or 9 inches and have a wrinkled appearance that add awesome contrast to smoother plants in the tank.
In a dirted tank the Cryptocoryne balansae will take off within a couple months. Generally a slower grower than the more common bronze or green crypts, this plant is worth having in your tank. Whether in gravel, dirted, or just sand, Cryptocoryne balansae will grow. The better the substrate though, the faster the growth. All around this is a killer plant for every level of aquatic enthusiasts. Cryptocoryne balansae in time can spread and produce an amazing mat of dense vegetation. Generally used in the middleground of a tank it adds depth and a splash of something different to every tank. I can't tell you how long this plant will last in stock or even be available for me to get more of..... I only have 10 available.
Try Crypt Sprialis for another long and thin leaf crypt!
I stayed away from Crypts at first because I was afraid of the melt. Now after trying a few out I wish I would of tried them sooner. I had been waiting for these bad boys to come back in stock because they have such a cool look. They have a Crinum look to them with the crinkled leaves. Dustin even hooked me up with 2 instead of one. Every time Dustin throws in a freebie it helps me convince my wife that it's worth spending more money on plants! its like cereal box prizes when I was a kid.
Only had a few leaves melt. Most plants had NO melting back. Looking nice and growing quickly.
I have learned to look more for quality root systems. The roots on these were rather small and fine and not enough to enable separating fully to allow individual planting and actually stay in place. I had to leave most in the foam as an anchor in the substrate and hope to eventually be able to separate them.
Came with a lot of leaves and they looked really nice in my tank