- Long, slender leaves extending from long stem
- Slow to establish itself, but once it has, it will send out runners to propagate
- Live freshwater aquarium plant with SubstrateSource Cryptocoryne lutea Care Guide included
Naturally found in marshes and river banks, Cryptocoryne lutea has distinct long stems with long, slender leaves. Its leaves are predominantly green and show hints of bronze coloration.
Cryptocoryne species are notoriously known for "melting" when there are sudden changes to their environment. They shed old leaves and grow new ones, which are better suited to their new surroundings. As an aquarium owner, this means that Crypts will take some time to settle in to your aquarium, but once established, they will send out runners to propagate.
We like using C. lutea as a midground and background plant when we are trying to achieve a dense look. As we mentioned before, lutea sends out runners to propagate. In our experience, the runners stay relatively close to the main plant and will eventually form dense growth similar to our carpeting plants.