Pogostemon helferi AKA Dr Seuss Plant (Downoi)
If Dr. Seuss had a tank...this would be in it.
Want a wicked looking foreground plant? This is it. This plant is a wild one, and we don't have it often.
Curly leaves that Stay Short. This might be one of the most UNIQUE Foreground plants we have ever carried. It's wild look will make a great contrast to a low carpet of round plants like baby tears, or a grass mat like a dwarf sag.
I have seen it get about 3 inches or so tall. You can pull stems off and replant to propagate it.
NOTE: I would advise that you are successfully keeping some intermediate plants before jumping on this one. (This shouldn't be your first aquarium plant :)
We have found Pogostemon helferi to be a HEAVY root feeder. This plants likes above average light as well.
On a scale of 1 being grows in your toilet, 10 being impossible. This is about a 6.5 Substrate is key here. You can see the roots on these plants... they want food where they eat!.
As always the plants all arrived intact and very healthy. Never messed with this one before. Planted in medium with about 1.5 watts/gal. VERY soft and just slightly acid (discus) water. A beautiful and unusual plant. Hope I do it right.
I found Dustin's Fish Tanks on YouTube and have been checking out videos for quite some time. I have a 75g Freshwater Planted tank which has been up and running for 3 years. I encountered a real problem with black beard algae a few months back and tore the tank down completely and now I am in the process of replanting it. To be honest I made a real beginners mistake but I'm hardly a beginner. I overstocked the tank. I think I now have everything under control and decided to give your plants a try since you are famous for your planted aquariums. Let me start out by saying that I have never received healthier plants form an online source. The Pogostemon was in great condition and I am anxious to see how it does. All plants were in super great shape upon arrival. I will be glad to recommend you to anyone and will be buying more plants from you in the near future. If this plant does well after its trail I will be ordering more for a foreground area in my tank. The only suggestion I might make is with the packaging. It was very damp and the box was coming apart but no harm was done to the plants. Thanks again and I look forward to doing further business in the future.
I love this little plant and was pleased to receive 5 total with my order! I'm new to this but with any luck (some growth juice and some clay too) I will keep them looking great. Can't wait to add fish once the system is fully established!
Love it. I am impressed how healthy everything is.