Banana Lilies (Nymphoides indica) are sold at a stage most suitable for transplanting. When planted in the aquarium banana lilies will grow completely submerged as a dwarf plant once established. If the aquarium is very bright then some floating leaves may develop. If these are not removed your banana lily will continue to grow floating leaves as seen in the image.
The banana lily gets its name from the juvenile rhizome area which resembles a small bunch of bananas. Another name for the banana lily is water snowflake, so called because of the 4cm white fringed flowers that grow above the water from mature plants.
Banana lily leaves grow up to 25 cm in diameter when planted in a pond. Large mature leaves lose the red patterning found on juvenile leaves to become a light green.
The Banana Lilies will lose its leaves during the transition into the new aquarium but will be showing vigorous growth again within the month. These new leaves will be adapted to the light levels in its new environment. It grows with both medium and strong light levels, but more vigorously when supplied with stronger lighting.
Banana Lilies are more suited to plain gravel than many aquatics but shows more vigorous growth when planted in a rich medium. I have grown Banana Lilies in submerged pots both outdoors and in a well lit indoor aquarium.
Propagation of Banana Lilies occurs from the leaves of mature outdoor plants which will form a small plantlet as they reach the end of their growth cycle. This is an Australian native plant found in WA, QLD, NT and NSW.
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