If you ever consider growing your own plants, that may be the most liberating feeling in the world. Gardening has become the most favorite hobby among people and houseplants can really make your home a pleasant and relaxing place.
Some plants decorate your home, some of them create a positive atmosphere and positive vibes, and all of them make your home lively and vibrant. However, if you consider that dirt and transplanting is not your thing, then you’ll be happy to hear the new method of hydroculture or growing plants in water.
Shocking as it may sound, hydroponics is the best way to grow some plants and they are most successful when growing in water. Sure, water is the main source for a living being to succeed, but I’m sure that planting one in water wasn’t the first thing that came to your mind.
It’s extremely practical- you don’t have to worry about your plant becoming limp after a weekend away and of course it’s time consuming, which is the best news taking into consideration our daily responsibilities.
What is Hydroponics?
Hydroponics or also known as hydroculture is a process of growing houseplants in water or to be more precise, in water which contains dissolved nutrients or mineral nutrient solutions- without the dirt and the soil.
This technique is probably familiar to people who have limited growing areas and they have to turn to water and its immense benefits on plants. The only thing you need to purchase is water (it can also be tap water), some liquid fertilizers and some containers. This method is perfect for every household, if you take into consideration the time you are going to save and of course money.
How Does Hydroponics Work?
Hydroponics shows that houseplants may also enjoy the perks from water and therefore relieving us from the trouble to think about possible diseases, insects and watering the plants. Once the plant has created roots, it would be easier to absorb the nutrients from the solution.
After a period of time in water, the plant is used to the environment and it’s easier to absorb and store oxygen in its roots. Once you’ve noticed a float in the reservoir that means that the plant requires and needs more solution.
How can you Grow Plants with Hydroponics?
Once you’ve decided that hydroponics is the ideal method for you, the only thing you need to do is to do a little research about suppliers and follow the simple steps:
Step 1: Provide all the needed materials- Plant or rooted cuttings, clay –fired pebbles, inner pot with slots, outer pot and water level indicator.
Step 2: Clean the clay pebbles from dust or dirt
Step 3: Prepare the plant- remove extra roots or dead roots and also clean the plant from possible dirt or soil.
Step 4: Put the pebbles in the base of the inner pot with slots and spread the roots of the plant on the pebbles. Pour more pebbles around the plant and once you’ve created a solid ground for your plant, pour tap water with room temperature.
Step 5: Put the inner pot in the outer pot and fill it with nutrient solution as much as the water indicator shows it’s enough.
Step 6: Keep it in a temperature at 65-74 degrees.
Which Plants are Successful in Water?
Here are some of the plants which are successful with hydroponics:
- Chinese evergreen
- English ivy
- Lucky bamboo
- Money Plant (Pothos)
- Wandering Jew
- Wax plant
- Moses-in-a-cradle (Rhoeo)
DOs and DON’Ts
-use tap water
-put the plant at a room temperature
-use larger decorative outer pot
-use water indicator to see when the plant needs liquid or when it’s enough
– avoid children getting near or close to the nutrients- for their own safety
– try to measure the water level and nutrient lever on your own- that’s why you need the water indicator
– refill before the level has dropped below the indicator’s measure
Is Hydroponics a Successful Method?
Hydroponics keeps the plants vibrant and lively. Unlike the plants placed in soil, the plants grown in water have a greater availability of nutrients due to the root system. Once you’ve grown the plants in water, you won’t have to guess when to feed or water the plant- the water indicator does that for you.
The only thing you need to be familiar with is the usage of fertilizers. Using water instead of soil will reduce the possibility of pests and diseases on the plant and therefore you are ought to grow a much healthier and vigorous plant. Too much watering or less watering can kill your plant and with hydroponics you are not taking that risk.
The soil allows the pests to develop much faster and by implementing hydroponics you can get rid of the problems with mold and allergies. Using water instead of soil will only make the job easier for you, no more messy pots and spills nor have you need to worry about odors.
Hydroponics is a method which will make your life easier and it’s perfectly convenient for people who tend to travel a lot. Houseplants growing in water require much less care than plants growing in soil.