Oyster plants are exotic, easy to care for plants that can be grown in almost any area. They make a colorful addition to your flowerbed, window sill, or even a pot on the deck or patio. You may have thought that they were not edible, but a number of varieties are edible and they taste fantastic! In fact, if you live in the Oyster Family (Ascocornia and Bay) then you are probably well aware of their value as a food source. Even if you do not enjoy eating them, they look fantastic in a vase or container and can make terrific ornamental plants for your home.
There are a few things to know before attempting to grow this exotic plant in your aquarium. First, as with all new plants, you must prepare the environment. You need a well-draining, slightly moist but not soggy or wet medium to support the growth of the plant. They prefer a humidifier. Some species of the Oyster family prefer a warm sunny location so it is important to ensure that they get adequate light during the warmer summer months and they will do well in a well-drained and humidified aquarium as well.
Once you have chosen a location for the plant growth then you need to select the Oyster variety that suits your needs. There are many popular varieties such as Black-eyed Susan, Purple Pansy, White Anemone, Blue Carpet, Red Sister, Black Lipped Oystershell, and the likes. Some require a lot of water for successful growth, while others prefer a dry substrate. They should always be placed in a well-drained and clean environment so that excess water does not accumulate and drown the plant. You will also want to check on the health of the Flowers periodically as certain species do not tend to do well in low-light environments.
You will need to provide your plants with a regular supply of water. This can easily be done by providing a water pump, filter, or water treatment if your tap water is hard. A steady supply of water is needed so that the plant growth has room to expand as well as spread out. The plant roots will also need room to attach to rocks or drift freely. If you provide the plant with too much room then it may not grow as well and some of the roots may even get stuck.
You should choose the plant-based on its mature size as well as the time of year that you are planning to grow the plant. mature Oyster plants range from just a few millimeters in height to about three feet. If you are planning to grow them indoors then you will need to provide them with a good amount of sunlight so that they do not become woody.
The mature Oyster plant will need to be given adequate nutrients and space in order to grow properly. If they are grown in pots then the pots should be kept tightly sealed with silicone sealant. However, if you are planning to grow them in a larger container then they may require extra light, water, and nutrients. This means that the container will have to be wide enough by at least three times its original width. Also, remember to never keep more than one type of Oyster plant together as they will fight for nutrients and water.
Planting is best done in spring and fall when the weather is warm. It can also be done in the winter months provided that the root systems will be given ample time to develop. The growing season for these exotic plants lasts from two to seven months. The first few months you should keep the pots moist but once they have sprouted then you can let the pots dry out completely before re-potting them.
Some Oyster plants can be quite large and you may need a larger pot if you want them to bloom well. If they are not well maintained then they will become stunted. This will affect their growth as well as causing them to be susceptible to diseases. Some diseases include fungus and leaf spots which can cause the leaves to die. Another disease that can affect this exotic plant is called Crassula Rubra which affects the roots and shoots.