Ease to Grow: Easy
Dormancy: No
Native Range: Slow moving waters of South America
Zones: 9-11 (8-12)

Bladderworts and Aldrovanda benefit from growing under a floating plant such as Salvinia. Salvinia natans, is a tropical, floating fern, similar to, but larger than Azolla.  It forms lovely whorls of rounded, fuzzy, softly textured leaves, each about 1/2" across. It feeds heavily on nutrients in the water, removing nitrogen and potassium. It is an excellent companion plant for growing Aldrovanda and Utricularia, which can thrive growing amongst it.  A sprig is about 2" long, and sufficient to start a nice colony of it in good growing conditions.

Salvinia is fast growing, but easier to control than duckweed. It can be an invasive weed in warm climates.  Cultures may contain small amounts of other aquatic plants.

For Salvinia, each portion is about 3 small plants.

Height: 1/4" - 1"
Plant Type: Perennial, tropical
Soil: Aquatic
Soil pH: 6.5-7.5
Light: Full to Partial Sun
Use: Unusual small floating fern, great cover for Bladderworts and Aldrovanda.

Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Gregory Beylinii

Great amount of a really nice looking salvinia I'm used to the smaller ones but this one is perfect size for me and also looks really nice on its own imo!

William Moore

The salvinia is finally starting to grow now that the weather is starting warm up.

Chris B
Good grower, received more plants than expected

The plants arrived quickly, were healthy, and were more numerous than described. I use them to control nutrient levels in fish tanks- they are effective at this. Be aware - they do grow fast (this is a great thing for my application, but others might want to be aware of this)

Andrew Knox

Arrived in very good condition. After about 2 weeks it is going strong I'm my turtle tank.

Grows like a weed

Good for water quality control.

New tank setups with cycling algae, beware.
The brown hairy root system and floating plant bunching. Creates the perfect place for algae bunching stragglers.

Established tanks need not worry.

I's a fast grower, can be so fast. That it can block out light for non floating plants.

Overall easy to grow, propagate and manage.

No complaints here !

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