Anubias Hastifolia

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  • Easy Care Aquatic
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Medium Light, Low Light)
  • Aquatic Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 6-16 Inches

Anubias Hastifolia is an aquatic plant native to tropical central and western Africa. This epiphytic plant is commonly seen in rivers and streams, but it can grow in a wide variety of settings.  It is most frequently seen in aquariums since it can grow completely submerged in water and is slow growing.  Anubias come in many sizes. The hastifolia variety has wider leaves than most and can get up to 18 inches tall. It is very easy to care for, and its luscious green leaves will brighten any surrounding environment. It also has the ability to flower. If you are a beginner aquatic plant parent, then this is where you should start!  

Best Locations For Growing Anubias Hastifolia

Anubias hastifolia is an aquatic plant known for its ability to easily grow in aquariums. It is a slow grower, producing about 1 leaf per month, which makes it ideal for aquascapes.  Midground to background is the recommended placement for this plant when growing it in an aquarium with other plants. If growing in a tank with fish, we recommend using a tank that will hold 20 gallons of water for every anubias plant. Any smaller will hinder the fish’s ability to move freely and restrict water filtration. You can wedge this plant between some rocks, tuck it into some gravel or sand, or attach it to some driftwood. Whatever you choose, remember its natural habitat; moving water. It will naturally grow roots and attach itself to its surroundings, preventing it from floating away.  

Anubias Hastifolia Sunlight Requirements

This plant does not require a lot of light. Too much light will cause algae growth, which prevents it from properly photosynthesizing. Amano shrimp are great at keeping algae under control in a tank. If other plants in the tank require more light than the hastifolia, consider adding floating foliage to provide it shade. 

Anubias Hastifolia Care

Anubias plants have a broad, horizontal stem called a rhizome from which all of their leaves and roots emerge; this stem should never be covered when planting! Make sure you only bury the roots of the plant and leave the rhizome on top of the substrate.Rhizomes that are covered will quickly rot and die. Propagation is simple and can be accomplished by stem cutting or rhizome division. 

Watering Anubias Hastifolia

Anubias hastifolia prefers to grow in water that is around 70 to 85 °F, and has a pH of 6 to 8.   For healthy growth, be sure that the water has enough beneficial nutrients and is being properly filtered.  

Feeding Anubias Hastifolia

Anubias Hastifolia needs iron, magnesium, and potassium for good leaf growth. Out of those minerals, iron is the most essential for its growth. If fish cohabitate with the anubias, fertilizer is generally not required because their food and waste can supply the nutrients the plant needs to survive. You might need to supplement by using a high-quality aquarium fertilizer if the plant is growing among many other plants that absorb or require more nutrients.

Anubias Hastifolia Information

Light Exposure: Medium Light, Low Light
Care Requirements: Easy
Watering Requirements: any type of water hardness and pH levels
Pet Friendly: No
Kid Friendly: No
Air Purifier: Moderate
Habit: Spreading
Growth Rate: Slow
Mature Height: 6-16 inches
Mature Spread: 5-6 inches
Flowering: No
Flower Color(s): None
Flower Shade/Description: Grown for Foliage
Fragrant: No
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description: Green
Temperature: 68° - 86°F (20° - 30°C)
Humidity: Above Average (60% - 80%)
Common Name: Anubias Hastifolia
Other Name(s): Anubias Hastifolia
Scientific Name: Anubias Hastifolica
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2-3 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 3-4 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

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We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Planter Shipping

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Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

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Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

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