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I have grown both hairgrass bought in a store and some wild collected from
here in California, both with success. The species is Eleocharis
acicularis and indeed it varies in height from about 2" to about 6" tall.
I just planted the bunches without breaking them up much, as you did. Some
leaves indeed turned brown in the beginning, but I also noticed some new
growth almost at the same time as the "browning." I think it's normal for
some leaves to die, especially in wild collected plants. This plant
propagates vegetatively by runners, and mine have indeed spread, though not
so fast to be a problem.
Tank conditions are: high light (it seems higher light results in shorter
growth; this is just an observation though), CO2 injection between
15-30ppm, depending on which tank, ph=6.8, R/O water with additives, Dupla
In summary, I wouldn't worry about the brown leaves; I think your plants
will recover; be patient.
Please note new email address:
Roxanne Bittman, Botanist Natural Diversity Database
Phone: (916) 323-8970 __o CA Dept of Fish and Game
Fax: (916) 324-0475 _ \<_ 1220 S St
Internet rbittman at kirk_dfg.ca.gov ( )/( ) Sacramento, CA 95814