The official scientific name for the wisteria plant is Hygrophila difformis, just in case you were wondering. Many people love this plant due to its easy to take care of and very undemanding nature. It’s a great option for beginner aquarists who are just getting into taking care of aquatic plants and experienced aquarists too.
We have put together our Wisteria aquarium plant care guide for anyone that needs help/information with growth, location, lighting, substrate and propagation.
Our Wisteria Aquarium Plant Care Guide
Let’s go through all of the different aspects that go into keeping a wisteria alive and to help it grows healthy as can be.
Growth – Speed & Size
What is really neat about these plants is that they can grow in various substrates in a planted tank, but they can also grow on the water’s surface, with their roots absorbing nutrients right out of the water. Water wisteria grows the most during the rainy seasons in the aforementioned countries, but in an aquarium, it will grow at mostly the same pace throughout the whole year.
Water wisteria does grow fairly fast, and combined with its hardy nature, is what makes this a fan favorite aquatic plant. In really good conditions, water wisteria can grow to 20 inches (50 cm) in height and 10 inches (25 cm) in width.
Due to its larger size and quick growth, water wisteria makes a good choice for the middle ground or the rear of the aquarium. What’s also cool is that you can plant wisteria on its side at the edge of the aquarium.
This will result in only the upward facing side growing, thus creating a planted carpet in your aquarium. If it grows too quickly for you, you can always trim it back every now and then.
A good thing about water wisteria is that it does not require too much light to stay alive. Yes, they like light and they will grow faster, better, and bigger in higher light conditions, but they can survive just fine with lower light levels too, they just won’t grow as big or have as wide of leaves. We have covered 13 more low light plant options on this article.
Substrate & Nutrients
The most important aspect to keep in mind for water wisteria is that it needs great substrate, fertilizer, and lots of nutrients. If you don’t have great substrate, you will need to add some fertilizer tabs to the water to provide water wisteria with enough nutrients to thrive.
A good way to go is with some kind of substrate meant for plants. However, if you are using sand, you will need to anchor wisteria down until it has time to develop a good root system.
Wisteria also needs a lot of carbon dioxide to grow big and healthy. They will definitely benefit from some CO2 addition to the water, but it is not totally necessary. Without the addition of extra CO2 to the water, wisteria will still grow, but just not as fast.
When it comes to propagation, all you need to do is cut off a stem near the base of the plant, or you can even use a single leaf too. It will grow roots out of the base in a couple of days when left in the water.
When it comes to keeping this plant with fish, the only thing you need to be weary of are fish that eat lots of plants and larger fish that may damage the delicate leaves of water wisteria.
Water wisteria is a really good option for beginner aquarists who don’t want to be bothered with too much plant care and maintenance. It looks really nice, it’s easy to take care of, and it makes a great addition to most community fish tanks.