Melon Sword - Echinodorus osiris

Quick Facts :: Echinodorus osiris
Care Level:Moderate
Maximum Length:20″
Water Conditions:65-82 F, pH 6.5-7.5, KH 3-8
Propagation:Adventitious plants,Side shoots on rhizomes
Coloration:Green, Red
Supplements:Iron, Trace Elements, CO2 Supplementation

Echinodorus osiris, also known as the Melon Sword,
 is a very beautiful Rosette Plant that originates from Brazil. The leaves are stemmed in appearance and are slightly rippled along the edges. The younger center leaves have a reddish tint to them and turn green as the plant matures.

Water Conditions
65-82° F
KH 3-8
pH 6.5-7.5

Provide a medium amount of light in the range of 2 watts per gallon, using full spectrum bulbs.
Ideal water conditions are a temperature between 65°-82°F, an alkalinity of 3 to 8 dKH, and a pH of 6.5-7.5. These plants benefit from regular additions of CO2, iron rich fertilizers, and trace elements. Iron deficiency can easily be detected as the leaves of the Melon Sword will turn pale and translucent. As with other Echinodorus species, the Melon Sword is usually left alone by herbivorous and large fish.

Propagation of the Melon Sword - Echinodorus osiris is relative easy. It can be propagated by dividing the rhizome or by separating side shoots. Allow the new plant to develop a root system prior to separating it from the mother plant. Once the new plant establishes a root system, cut it at the root with very sharp, sterilized scissors and replant the "baby".