Alternanthera reineckii 'Mini'

Mini Parrot leaf

Alternanthera reineckii 'Mini'

Mini Parrot leaf

  • Deeply red low-growing stem plant
  • One of the very few red foreground plants
  • Sets a strong colour accent
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Description

Alternanthera reineckii 'Mini' is an exquisite dwarf parrot leaf cultivar. It became known in Europe around 2007 under the name Alternanthera reineckii "rosaefolia minor". The species A. reineckii is native to wetlands in tropical and subtropical South America, but we have no information about the exact origin of the "Mini" form.
This plant grows much more compactly under water and also somewhat slower than other A. reineckii forms. It can be pruned to form a beautiful, purple-red to brown-red coloured carpet or compact bush about 5 cm high and is then suitable for the aquarium foreground and nano aquariums. Without pruning, the plant will grow to around 20 cm high over time, but will remain quite bushy due to branching. The leaves can grow to around 5 cm long and 1.4 cm wide, but are often smaller. Many water roots grow on old stems, but these are unlikely to be visually disturbing due to the bushy growth of the plant.
Emersed Alternanthera reineckii 'Mini' grows significantly taller (at least 30 cm) and more elongated than the submersed form, with longer internodes and more green leaves. Emersed potted plants from the trade therefore hardly differ from other A. reineckii cultivars. However, compact shoots with much shorter internodes develop under water.

Like other Alternanthera reineckii forms, the Mini parrot leaf is a moderately demanding plant that grows best with rather high light levels, temperatures of around 22 - 28 °C, a complete supply of macro and micronutrients and CO2 supplementation. Plants from tissue culture cups should be divided into smaller portions after washing off the culture medium and placed in the substrate with some space between them. The long stems of emersed pot plants are best cut into terminal cuttings and partial cuttings with about 1 - 2 stem nodes and placed in the substrate. When the plant has grown to a height of at least 5 cm, the shoot tips can be cut to encourage branching. The cut tips can in turn be used as cuttings. Propagation by dividing the compact bushes is also possible.

This compact, relatively slow-growing Alternanthera is one of the relatively few brown-red plants for the aquarium foreground. Alternanthera reineckii 'Mini' can be used in a variety of ways, for example as a red, contrasting sprinkling in carpets of light green plants or in the middle ground as a rather low "plant street" in Dutch style.

Alternanthera reineckii "rosaefolia minor" is an exquisite dwarf form of A. reineckii that forms very low-growing compact bushes when cultivated submersed. It assumes a deep brownish-read colour comparable to A. reineckii 'Rosa' (= "Rosaefolia"). This makes it one of the very few red-coloured foreground plants. It got known in Europe around the year 2007; its exact origins are unclear. This plant is likely identical to Alternanthera reineckii 'Mini'.

When cultivated emersed, A. reineckii "rosaefolia minor" looks pretty much like the emersed forms of other varieties of A. reineckii as it forms rather long stems with elongated internodes. Its stunning dwarfed growth habit with the stunted internodes is reserved for the submersed form, as it seems. (read more)

Synonyms Alternanthera reineckii ''rosaefolia minor''
Complete botanical name Alternanthéra reinéckii Briq.
Family Amaranthaceae
Genus Alternanthera
Difficulty medium
Colour red brown, crimson, reddish
Usage Accent (red), Midground, Nano tanks, Street (Dutch style), Foreground, group
Aquascaping well-branched, bushy, very colourful plant for accents
Height 5 - 30cm
Width 5 - 10cm
Growth medium
pH value 5 - 7
Temperature tolerance 4 - 30°C
Carbonate hardness 0 - 14°dKH
General hardness 0 - 30°dGH
Propagation Cuttings, Splitting, cutting off daughter plants
Can grow emersed? yes
Source Flowgrow
Synonyms
Alternanthera reineckii ''rosaefolia minor''
Complete botanical name
Alternanthéra reinéckii Briq.
Family
Amaranthaceae
Genus
Alternanthera
Difficulty
medium
Colour
red brown, crimson, reddish
Usage
Accent (red), Midground, Nano tanks, Street (Dutch style), Foreground, group
Aquascaping
well-branched, bushy, very colourful plant for accents
Height
5 - 30cm
Width
5 - 10cm
Growth
medium
pH value
5 - 7
Temperature tolerance
4 - 30°C
Carbonate hardness
0 - 14°dKH
General hardness
0 - 30°dGH
Propagation
Cuttings, Splitting, cutting off daughter plants
Can grow emersed?
yes
Source
Flowgrow

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Weight 0,11 kg
Shipping weight 0,20 kg

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Walter P.
Pianta molto bella
23rd January 2021
Alternanthera reineckii 'Mini' - Pot
Alternanthera reineckii 'Mini' - Pot

Pianta molto bella che da un bel contrasto con il verde delle altre piante, spedizione e imballo il top.

Sono molto soddisfatto!!!

Elia R.
Super
3rd May 2020
Alternanthera reineckii 'Mini' - in Vitro XL
Alternanthera reineckii 'Mini' - in Vitro XL

Very fast shipment to Italy and plant in excellent conditions. Very careful instructions for the treatment of the plants. Very recommended shop. Super!!!

Sergio C.
very good conditions and quality
15th January 2018
Alternanthera reineckii 'Mini' - Pot
Alternanthera reineckii 'Mini' - Pot

The plant arrived in very good conditions and is growing steadily and constantly in a Walstad tank

Totally worth, I am very happy with it!

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