Echinodorus 'Rose'

4. Oct 2020
By: George Farmer

History and origins

Echinodorus ‘Rosé’ is a stunning Amazon sword variety that is a hybrid between Echinodorus horemanii ‘Red’ and Echinodorus horizontalis. It was first cultivated in 1986 by Hans Barth in Dessau, Germany. 


Plant Overview

Echinodorus ‘Rosé’ is a rosette plant in Tropica’s Easy category and comes supplied in pots. It grows up to 40cm tall and 25cm wide making it an ideal background plant for most aquariums. It is grown in Tropica’s greenhouses hydroponically and transforms in colour once adapted to its underwater form. New leaves can turn a beautiful pink colour, as well as having a red-brown coloured spots soon after. Under more intense light the colours are more pronounced. Like all Echinodorus species it appreciates a nutrient-rich substrate but otherwise is very undemanding making it an ideal choice for all experience levels of hobbyist.

Tropica's current Echinodorus 'Rose' range:

Echinodorus 'Rose' POT

Echinodorus 'Rose' XL POT 

Echinodorus 'Rose' POT in blister packs


Prepating the plant

  1. Remove the plant from the pot then split apart the two halves of rock wool
  2. Remove as much of the rock wool as possible.
  3. Split the plant into several portions
  4. Plant into your substrate with aquascaping tweezers.


Where to use the plant

Echinodorus ‘Rosé’ is a stunning feature plant best used as a solitary specimen for maximum impact. It grows relatively tall so is ideal for most aquariums as a background plant. Due to its growth pattern the overarching leaves can create shade to plants nearby so consider this when choosing other adjacent species. Due to its high impact effect on any aquarium it can be used as a great focal point or centrepiece plant.


Maintaining the plant

Echinodorus ‘Rosé’ is has a medium growth rate and is relatively low maintenance in most aquarium set ups unless intense lighting and CO2 injection are provided. Excess growth can be kept in check by removing the largest leaves by carefully separating them from the rootstock. This will then promote new leaf growth. Provide plenty of nutrients with a good substrate such as Tropica Aquarium Soil or Tropica Substrate. Nutrition Capsules are also a great way to target feed the roots. The plant leaves can also be fed with Tropica Premium or Specialised Nutrition.



The beautiful Echinodorus ‘Rosé’ is a great example of an easy yet stunning specimen plant suitable for beginners and experts alike. Give it the basic care it needs and you are sure to be happy with this high impact variety of Amazon sword.