Aponogeton is a very elegant aquatic plant, they are one of the most used background plants in the hobby, in this post we have the listed the steps involved in planting and growing Aponogeton

How to plant and grow Aponogeton

Aponogeton is known to be one of the easiest plants to grow in your aquarium. They are the best plants to combine with your Betta fishes. This is the same reason why Aponogeton is also known as ‘Betta bulbs’. Read further to know more details on how to plant and grow Aponogeton

Required supplies

  • Aponogeton plants

Required tools

  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Substrate
  • Fish tank

Total cost: USD 25


Total time: 30 days

  • Step 1

    Plan where you want to plant your Aponogeton. Remember that these are background plants. Therefore plan your tank in such a way that plants will be planted towards the back of the tank

  • Step 2

    Add a layer of good quality substrate to your tank

  • Step 3

    Now place the plants leaving a distance of 2 or 3 inches

  • Step 4

    Do not bury the bulb completely into the substrate. Just make sure the substrate covers only the bulb so that they will stay in place. The thinner end should be outside. If you are not sure, then you can plant it sideways

  • Step 5

    When the plants start to sprout make sure you bury the roots well into the substrate

  • Step 6

    Maintain the pH between 6.5 to 7.5 and the temperature between 72 degrees and 82 degrees

  • Step 7

    If you are using high intensity light, the plant will grow fast and therefore will require trimming

  • Step 8

    If you choose to rest your Aponogeton, prune the leaves, cut the plant as close to bulb as possible and then place it inside a plastic bag. You can replant it whenever required. This step is optional


Aponogeton is a very delicate but at the same time very beautiful plants, it would be a delight to watch them grow and flourish in the aquarium

We hope this how-to guide is useful for fellow hobbyists and are happy to hear from you on improvising this article

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