Bucephalandra Brownie Purple (sterile cup)

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Common Name: Bucephalandra Brownie Purple (GLA Tissue Culture)

Bucephalandra Brownie Purple (GLA Tissue Culture) is identified by the flowering plant family, Araceae. In their natural rainforest habitat, Buce plants are found growing as dense mats in waters with strong currents, attached to rocks or stones in flood zones or streams and rivers. Buce plants are rewarding nature aquarium masterpieces with truly captivating names unique to each one discovered or cultivated. Petite in size and coveted for their distinctive leaves displaying an extensive and vibrant color palette.

Similar to other epiphytes (such as Anubias and Cryptocoryne) Bucephalandra plants can be attached to your aquarium hardscape rocks or driftwood etc. Buce can also be planted in soil, however, take caution never to bury or cover the rhizome as this will cause melt and decay. When planning your aquascape, tiny varieties of Buce are best planted in the aquarium foreground and larger leaf varieties do well in the midground. They complement mosses and ferns beautifully with their dramatic contrasting colors and robust leaves of varying shapes and textures. Bucephalandra grow very slowly, and can be cultivated both submerged or immersed (keeping very very moist conditions).

This plant is slow-growing, with new leaves emerging from long, thin rhizomes. With CO2 injection, nutrients, medium lighting they will grow healthier and faster with new vibrant leaves and side shoots (which can be propagated). Bucephalandra may be propagated by cutting of the rhizome side shoots and then securing to hardscape with super glue or thread.

Their best growth rate and coloration is yielded in medium lighting with strong water current, however, Buce adapt well to a range of aquarium lighting from low to high. They prove resilient and rather easy to grow under stable aquarium conditions, especially when CO2 and nutrients are provided. Sudden changes to aquarium conditions or unstable parameters may cause shedding of their leaves or die off, however, with time new leaves can regrow if the rhizome is healthy.

  • Family Name: Araceae
  • Type: Epiphyte
  • pH: 6.5-7.5
  • Care: Easy, low maintenance
  • Light: Low to medium
  • CO2: not required or +/-30ppm will promote faster growth
  • Propagation: rhizome division
  • Growth rate: slow, faster under higher lighting (may cause algae)
  • Growth state: emersed or submerge

How to Plant, Grow and Care for Bucephalandra Brownie Purple in your Planted Aquarium

  • Bucephalandra rhizomes can be attached to rock, driftwood or hardscape. Secure with strong thread until it roots securely. It can also be planted in soil substrate with the rhizome exposed (do not bury rhizome or it will decay).
  • Bucephalandra may be placed either submersed or emersed in a variety of aquarium conditions: medium lighting, CO2 and fertilizer not required but will promote faster and more colorful growth.
  • Buce plants grow very slow, and to avoid algae growth, it's best to plant in lower lighting or shadier area of aquascape with good water circulation. Phosphate supplementation aids in algae control.
  • Propogation is achieved by cutting the rhizome and replanting or securing the rhizome until new roots and leaves develop.
  • GLA tissue culture plants are derived from very small pieces of mother plants and manufactured in sterile laboratory conditions, producing healthy and high quality plants enclosed in a cup with a fertile gel.
  • GLA tissue culture plants are guaranteed free of pesticides, algae spores, rockwool, snails and other unwanted organisms.
  • One TC cup plant can be divided into many small portions to cover a large aquascape area. Plants are compact from the start, provided proper fertilizer and CO2, you will experience dense and beautiful growth. Just don't open the plant cup to peek inside until you are ready to plant it in your tank, you don't want to contaminate it's environment.
  • To plant, carefully remove plant from TC cup, wash the jelly away from the plant, use sharp scissors to divide into several small portions and then plant portions into the substrate carefully with tweezers. You can also affix small portions to lava rock and push the rock carefully into the substrate.
  • Always research first and make cautious modifications to your aquarium to avoid unstable tank conditions that can cause plant melting and decay.
  • CO2 injection is highly recommended for your aquascape. CO2 is recommended around +/-30ppm.
  • A well researched aquarium fertilizing routine is recommended for your plant(s) to grow healthy, vibrant in color, and be nutrient deficiency and algae free.
  • Your aquarium plants will grow best in adequate lighting, medium to high lighting is recommended.
  • Even the easiest aquarium plants require adequate and regular maintenance and care to keep your aquarium ecosystem healthy.
  • Trim your plants appropriately with sharp scissors to prune and/or propagate and to maintain your desired aquascape.
  • Keep your aquarium pH and general hardness (GH) stable and targeted to your aquascape plan. Aquarium pH of 6-8 is recommended for your plants.
  • Use nutrient rich soil substrate in your aquarium to give your plants the best start.

Why Shop GLA Greenhouse - Aquatic Plant Nursery

  • We are excited to offer you the finest quality plants, an expert crafted selection of unique, beautiful, and rare species to ensure your aquascape is a masterpiece.
  • We take pride in our aquarium tissue culture plants, we are excited to offer you the finest quality plants, an expert crafted selection of unique, beautiful, and rare species for the best start to your planted aquascape.
  • GLA in vitro tissue culture plants will give you a healthy start to your planted aquarium; grow a lush thriving aquascape with young plants free of algae and snails.

GLA's Arrive Alive (DOA) Guarantee for your Aquarium Plants

Select UPS 2 Day or UPS Next Day Air shipping for DOA coverage. DOA guarantee does not cover plants or tissue cultures shipped with Standard, Ground, Priority, First Class, Parcel or Free shipping methods.

  • We have an exceptional practiced and proven plant packaging system and therefore our customers experience minimal to no DOA plants. We guarantee our plants will arrive alive to your door, and if they don't, we will absolutely make it right.
  • DOA plant claims can be reported to GLA at our email on the day of order delivery. DOA claims must be accompanied by photos as evidence.

You can select USPS Priority Mail shipping, however, we do not offer DOA coverage or free ice/heat packs for plants shipped with USPS. If plants arrive dead we cannot offer refunds, replacements or credit for the loss.


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