I cannot say for sure if it is oscomote, long story short: I started this tank with anacharis, they withered very fast and in my desperation I went to a LFS and was told that substrate would help with the plant so I poured the bags of the ball thingies hoping it would help my anacharis, needless to say, it did NOT! and now I miss my all-black substrate.Your underneath the substrate roots look OK to me. They may get even more robust with root feeding. I just uprooted a "half size" sword & it had more I think...even with some trimming.
Are the little white balls osmocote? Or just a different substrate?