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Banana Plant (Nymphoides Aquatica)

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Banana Plant (Nymphoides Aquatica)

Banana Plant (Nymphoides Aquatica) originates from the Southern United States. This is an interesting plant and owes its unusual name due to its banana-shaped roots that are used by the plant to store nutrients. Banana Plant produces beautiful olive-green to reddish, heart-shaped leaves on short stalks. In shallow aquariums, the leaves may reach the surface of the water and may grow as large as six inches.

Care Guide For Banana Plant

The plant is easy to care for, does not require strong light or a lot of fertilization. Banana Plant's "roots" should not be buried in the substrate. Instead, place the plant on the substrate or just press it in lightly, and in time the plant will produce normal roots, attaching itself to the substrate.

  • Minimum Lighting Required: Low
  • Temperature Range: 68-80°F
  • Tank Placement: Midground

After the plant produces leaves, and if grown in good conditions, Banana Plant will propagate by adventitious plantlets and may produce white flowers. The best placement for Banana Plant is in the midground or background of the aquarium.

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Reviews (22)

  • 5
    Great plants read instructions
    Posted by Jason Poole on 14 Sep 2021

    I caught my mistake quick had so many new plants. Don’t bury these ! I did and after just a few hours the bananas turned brown. I pulled it out and a few days later it’s sprouting new leaves. It still bounces around the front of the tank but seems to be doing ok . The one I did correct is forming anchoring roots and has several new growths . Always goos stuff but pay attention to detail

  • 5
    Banana Plant (Nymphoides Aquatica)
    Posted by Steve Minnick on 14 Sep 2021

    The plant arrived in great shape! I was very pleased to see how healthy the plant was. After soaking it in room temperature for over 24 hours, I planted it in my aquarium. I hope it likes it’s new home.

  • 5
    Posted by Ping Lou on 6 Apr 2021

    Nice plants when it arrived, already had green leaves, also tiny white root too.

  • 5
    Banana Plants
    Posted by Melinda Cocke on 24 Mar 2021

    My Banana Plants arrived quickly and were in perfect condition. I got 2 for my daughter in law and 2 for me and we were both thrilled. This was the third time I had ordered from Modern Aquarium and I have been very pleased with the quality of the plants each time.

  • 5
    Leaves a little wilted when it arrived - suspect it got cold
    Posted by Rena Rouse on 20 Feb 2021

    It was below freezing the evening the plants were delivered and we had no idea they were there. My grandson found the box on the steps and brought them in. The leaves were a little wilted but seemed to recover the next day so I rated this a 5 for hardiness. I think I will not order plants in the winter anymore..

  • 5
    Banana plant
    Posted by Mitch Killey on 4 Feb 2021

    These were so nice I shared with a family member.

  • 5
    Nice plants
    Posted by MV on 20 Jan 2021

    The 2 banana plants arrived quickly and were in fine shape.

  • 4
    Decent looking plants had a little bit of dark algae on them
    Posted by Ronnie on 14 Jan 2021

    They're hardy plants but they definitely had where you can see they've been sitting out in light or something heavy on them but other than that they are great little plants

  • 5
    Banana plants
    Posted by Dawn on 13 Jan 2021

    We love how the plants were shipped in plastic baggies. They came in in very good condition. We will see how things work out after time. We have a 270 gallon pond in our home with many varieties of fish.

  • 4
    Posted by Ckc on 12 Jan 2021

    I ordered these out of nostalgia. My grandma used to have them for her beta tanks and I just needed them for mine. They have small stems and came damaged due to there packaging. However the banana part is full and plump and my Rabbit Snail loves them and moves them all around the tank. Just adorable and makes me and my tank mates happy!

  • 4
    Arrived alive
    Posted by Alice on 17 Nov 2020

    Arrived alive. Settling in well I think.

  • 5
    Posted by Rafael Rodriguez on 22 Oct 2020

    Beautiful and came in perfect condition