Terrestrial Aquarium Plants: Can You Grow Garden Plants In An Aquarium?
There are many types of plants that can be grown in aquaria. Some of them are aquatic, some not so much. There are several kinds of aquatic plants such as sea cucumbers, freshwater or saltwater daphnia, etc., but there are other kinds which cannot survive in water at all like mosses and lichens. However, they do not need any special conditions to thrive. They can even grow in very low oxygen levels.
The following plants are considered terrestrial plants. They require no light or air to live and grow well in an aquarium.
These include most types of herbs, shrubs, trees, bushes and vines (even those found only in the wild).
Some of these plants have been used for centuries by different cultures around the world including India, China, Japan and Africa. Many of them are edible too!
In the aquarium hobby, there are many varieties of terrestrial plants available. Some of them are difficult to grow in aquaria due to their small size or lack of sunlight.
Others are not suitable for beginners because they require a certain amount of care before they will bloom and produce flowers. Still others may look pretty from afar, but when it comes to feeding them or watering them, you’ll find that they’re just plain unappealing!
In this article, we will look at some of the best kinds of terrestrial plants that do well in an aquascape. We will also discuss which types are easy enough for even a complete beginner to take care of, and which ones you should definitely avoid if you’re just starting out.
Wisteria is a type of flowering vine that hails from Asia. It are hardy and can grow more than 30 feet long or more!
In the wild, they can even grow as long as 60 feet and in some cases more than 90 feet long before they bloom.
These plants bloom only once every couple of years or so, but when they do, you will certainly be rewarded with a massive display of flowers. They have lovely flowers that look a bit like peonies and come in a range of colors including white, purple, blue and even pink!
These plants are suitable for indoors and outdoors, but they require exposed roots in order to grow well. You will need a strong support structure for this plant.
This vine is not fussy about soil types, so you can plant it in soil or even rocks. It does not have many pest problems and it will also rarely suffer from diseases, so it is a very low-maintenance type of plant.
These plants get their name from the fact that they look very much like bamboo, but are technically not a type of bamboo at all. They produce thick canes that are hardy and can benefit any garden by blocking out light for weeds to grow.
You can trim these types of plants at ground level and they will simply grow straight up to produce a good looking hedge.
You can trim them into many different shapes too. They are very hardy and will survive the cold of winter as well as hot summers, but they do not like to be kept completely wet, so you should only water them in extreme heat or drought conditions.
Kiwi vines do not produce flowers, but they do produce small green berries that can be eaten by humans and birds alike. They can be grown on trellises or allowed to climb on other walls or fences.
Sources & references used in this article:
Risk assessment for invasiveness differs for aquatic and terrestrial plant species by DR Gordon, CA Gantz – Biological Invasions, 2011 – Springer
Filtration system for use in aquariums by R Coghlan – US Patent App. 13/766,117, 2014 – Google Patents
Removal of municipal solid waste COD and NH4–N by phyto-reduction: A laboratory–scale comparison of terrestrial and aquatic species at different organic loads by R Cossu, K Haarstad, MC Lavagnolo, P Littarru – Ecological Engineering, 2001 – Elsevier
Alien aquatic plant species in European countries by A Hussner – Weed Research, 2012 – Wiley Online Library