The Amazon Sword Plant has short rhizomes, numerous lance-shaped leaves that are pale to dark green with sharply pointed tips, and fairly short stems. Although a few plants exist in the market with the same common name “Amazon sword” you can look for the following features to get your desired authentic amazon sword.

Why need a beginner’s guide for Amazon Sword Plant? Beginner’s guide for Amazon Sword Plant has required information for growing and maintaining the them in a home aquarium

Amazon Sword Plant – Overview

Common NameAmazon Sword
ColorDark Green to Pale green
Habitat/OriginCentral united states and Argentina, mostly in the river streams
Average SizeThey grow up to 12 inches. But under the right conditions, they can grow up to 14-16 inches
Growth RateIt is slow in their initial stages that is till the plant gets accustomed to its new environment. Once sufficient light and water regulations are in control, the growth is extensive and wide
PlacementMost used background plants in the hobby.
MaintenanceLow gallon (Less than 20 Gallon) aquarium tanks would require regular trimming of the plant. Adding fertilizers can avoid the deficiency of nutrients.
Planting MethodsThe root should be anchored well but the crown should be above the substrate level. As these plants grow lusty, they require a considerable amount of space for them to space out.
Ideal SetupMost suitable for low tech aquarium because of the less maintenance nature and spread in the tank
Care LevelAs the leaves are suseptible to algae growth, its important to regulate partial water changes. The plant also requires strong lighting. Hence it’s important to keep a check of both water and lighting.
SupplementsThere are certain plant foods that are designed for aquatic plants, either submerged or completely underwater. You can add these pellets once a month.
Lighting10- 12 hours per day and they don’t require Hitech lighting
Water temperatureThe preferred range of temperature is 75 to 82 Degree Fahrenheit or 22 to 27 Degree Celsius
PropogationShooting a single long stem with runners, a new plant is formed by developing roots of its own. As the roots grow robust, the stem can be cut and can be planted elsewhere to grow on its own.
Approx. CostA pot of amazon sword would cost 8 to 10 Dollars in the USA and in Southe East Asia, they are almost the same prize.
Common DiseasesAs far as insects go, aphids are the main problem. Keep an eye out for insects to avoid this. Root rot is another problem but they can be avoided by proper planting.
What to look for when buyingLong green leaves with robust root structured are ideally healthy plants. Signs of unhealthy plant- leaves with holes, cracks, or brown spots. The leaves are discolored that is turning yellow or brown. Finally the fundamental rule a plant with dying leaves.
Related SpecifiesEchinodorus bleheri (broad leaf), Echinodorus amazonicus(narrow leaf) these are some of the species which are available in the market
FAQs Check out the most asked questions about Amazon sword

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References

  1.  “How to grow Amazon sword plants with pictures”
  2. Biota of North America Program 
  3. Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database