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- 1. Description
- 2. Growing
- 3. Diseases and pests
- 4. Reproduction
- 5. First steps after purchase
- 6. Secrets of success
- 7. Possible difficulties
The genus Zaururus has only two species. It got its name from Karl Linnaeus, translated from Latin it sounds like a "lizard tail". This name Zaururus acquired for pointed and narrow inflorescences, in shape really resembling the tail of a lizard. Representatives of the genus are perennial herbaceous plants that grow in the natural environment in marshy areas.
The stem of Zaururus can be simple or branch. The leaf blades are regular. The flowers are very small, collected in inflorescences in the form of an ear. Zaururus is grown as an aquarium plant or in the conditions of a paludarium / terrarium.
Secrets of Success
Zaururus planted in an aquarium so that the upper part of the stem with leaves was above the water. It is best to plant it not in the ground, but in a separate pot, which is installed on the bottom of the aquarium. It is very important that the surface of the plant is in an atmosphere of high humidity. The plant needs nutritious soil. Hydrochemical coefficients desirable for the successful cultivation of Zaururus: pH 6.5–7.5, water hardness up to 20 °.
Zaururus feels best of all in the conditions of a paludarium or in a wet greenhouse. The plant is usually placed in the middle or background.
Getting to know the plant
The drooping Zaururus is endowed with long, highly branched and creeping rhizomes. The height of a wonderful plant in natural conditions can reach one meter, while in specimens growing in aquariums it usually does not exceed half a meter. On the straight long stalks of the dying zaururus of the drooping one, funny petiole leaves are alternately located. Leaf blades grow up to fifteen centimeters in length, and up to eight in width. All of them are egg-shaped, painted in rich green hues and exude a faint, but very pleasant aroma. The bases of the leaves are heart-shaped, and their tops can be either elongated-pointed or sharp. The underwater leaves of the drooping zaururus are always naked, and the surface leaves are pubescent both above and below.
The small flowers of a luxurious aquatic creature are characterized by the absence of corollas and calyxes and are equipped with a huge number of white stamens forming curved spikelets. By the way, the floral organs of the dying zaururus vaguely resemble similar parts of the plantain. You can admire the flowering of this water beauty from July to August.
How to grow
In aquariums, a luxurious aquatic handsome man is usually placed on the grotto in pots or in some other place, but so that he does not end up completely immersed in water. The most suitable for cultivation in aquariums are considered young specimens. It is quite problematic to grow a zaururus drooping underwater for a long time, but, nevertheless, it is quite possible.
For the optimal development of a marvelous plant, water hardness from two to ten degrees and acidity in the range from 6.5 to 7.5 are considered the best parameters. As for the temperature regime, in the summer it must be maintained in the range from twenty-three to twenty-five degrees, and in the winter - about eighteen.
The soil for growing a drooping zaururus should be selected nutritious, and the most acceptable substrate for it will be a mixture of peat and clay with sand.
Lighting for a dying zaururus requires bright, and the best sources of artificial light for it will be fluorescent lamps (varieties of LB with a power of about 0.5 W / l). If the lighting turns out to be weak enough, the luxurious aquatic creature will begin to stretch in length. A twelve-hour daylight is usually more than enough for this green pet.
The height of the wonderful water beauty when growing it in aquariums should be adjusted from time to time. For this, its tops are usually cut off, which is quite acceptable to land again in the ground. In general, the drooping zaururus grows extremely slowly, releasing an average of one leaflet per month, so in order to admire its dense thickets, you will have to be patient.
Zaururus propagated vegetatively propagated - for this purpose, pieces of stems with leaves are lowered into the water. Some time later, the leaves fall off, and in their sinuses lateral shoots with roots begin to form. As soon as three leaves grow on each of the shoots, they are separated by cutting the stems in the center of the internodes. And only after that new plants are placed in the ground. As for the seed reproduction of the drooping zaururus, it is extremely difficult.