Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Mi Oya'

Aquarium suitability: yes
Usage: Background, Midground, Foreground, group
Difficulty: easy
Growth: medium

Height: 25 - 35 cm
Width: 15 - 30 cm

Habit, plant type:

  • rosette
Botanical name [?]: Cryptocóryne wéndtii de Wit

Major group (unranked): Seed plants: Flowering plants (Angiosperms)
Order: Alismatales
Family: Araceae
Genus: Cryptocoryne


Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Mi Oya' is another beautiful variety from the group of plants related to C. wendtii, with its reddish-brown well-structured leaves. It is only found in Mi Oya river on Sri Lanka, where the water is very warm. Tropia company was the first aquatic plant nursery to add this plant to their product range and to distribute it commercially. All in all, this species is a variety of C. wendtii that's not so very common in the hobby.

The cultivation of Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Mi Oya' is quite easy. A substrate rich in nutrients enhances growth. Light plays a decisive role in the growth habit of this variety. Lots of light results in a horizontal leaf position, whereas little light prompts C. wendtii 'Mi Oya' to grow vertically.
An addition of CO2 is not required. Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Mi Oya' does not tend to rot, like so many other representatives of the C. wendtii group.

This species is easy to cultivate emersed. All it needs are a substrate rich in nutrients and a high air humidity. Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Mi Oya' adapts quickly from submersed to emersed cultivation.
Propagation is as uncomplicated. Runners provide the keeper with a continually high number of plantlets, which can simply be replanted to the place their keeper wants to cultivate them further.

As one of the largest-growing Cryptocorynes from the wendtii group, Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Mi Oya' is best placed in the middleground or in the background of smaller aquaria, where it forms a nice eyecatcher.

Light low to high 
Temperature tolerance 15 to 30 °C
Optimum temperature 22 to 26 °C
Carbonate hardness 1 to 18 °dKH
pH value 5 to 8 
Carbon dioxide (CO2) 5 to 40 mg/l
Nitrate (NO3-) 10 to 50 mg/l
Phosphate (PO43-) 0.1 to 3 mg/l
Potassium (K+) 5 to 30 mg/l
Iron (Fe) 0.01 to 0.5 mg/l

Growth: medium

Propagation: Runners, Rhizomteilung, Splitting, cutting off daughter plants

Can grow emersed?: yes

Suited for outdoor cultivation / ponds: unknown

Winter hardiness: not hardy in Germany

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