The plant trend without soil
There is a new trend that is spreading among plant lovers: Indoor plants do not necessarily have to be in the ground, they can also be cultivated in water containers. You can find out what you have to consider with the so-called Water Plants here!
Water Plants: a water vessel instead of a flower pot
Plants make our home really cozy: Their green relaxes the eyes, they loosen up the room, clean the air and are also simply fascinating with all their different shapes and colors. In addition to conventional plants in pots or tubs, the trend to cultivate so-called water plants is also becoming more and more established: These are houseplants that grow in a glass jar with water.
So the whole root system is visible, which not only gives an exciting insight, but also makes it much easier to care for all those who do not have such a green thumb and repot, like to forget about watering & Co. Because water plants are very easy to care for. In addition, with a water container you avoid all the problems that a pot of potting soil brings with it: Small flies that appear uninvited in the ground, or even molds, which often pose a dilemma for allergy sufferers. Small disadvantage of the water plants: The plants hardly grow because the conditions are not ideal – but they can still be kept that way and are therefore also suitable for locations where you do not have that much space available.
Which plants are suitable as water plants
To grow water plants in your home, you don’t need special plants that rely on hydroponics. Instead, normal indoor plants that have the following properties are suitable:
- Young green plants that have strong roots.
- Plants that can take a lot of moisture. Conversely, all those plants that are sensitive to waterlogging are not suitable.
- Epiphytes do particularly well: These are plants that grow on other plants without contact with the ground. They are also known as epiphytes and are found in tropical areas.
The following are suitable as water plants, for example:
This is how you cultivate your own water plants
Larger, bulbous ones Glass vessels with an opening that is big enough to let the roots pass and yet narrow enough to give the plant support. Make sure that the container is heavy enough so that it does not fall over.
If you don’t want to buy the Water Plants new, you can use your houseplant:
- The plants should not have been poured straight into a water container before moving – otherwise you will wait a few more days.
- Removes the soil around the roots and rinses the roots with water. Be careful not to damage the small root hairs.
- Place the plants in the containers and fill up with enough water to cover the roots. The water should not get to the green area of the plant.
Location: The water plants need partial shade. Heat and light should be avoided, as otherwise algae will form in the water. In addition, the sun’s rays damage the roots.
Water Plants: Care and Tips
Of the MDR recommends the following tips for caring for plants in a post about Water Plants:
- Normal tap water is suitable as the water. If your tap water is very calcareous, the plants will not tolerate it so well. Mineral water is a suitable alternative here.
- Changes the water every one to two weeks, as soon as it starts to get cloudy.
- Give a drop of liquid with every water change Foliage fertilizer added. In addition, the glass should be cleaned every now and then, as algae can accumulate.
In addition to the Water Plants, do you want to conjure up a little jungle at home in general? Then you can read everything about the urban jungle trend here. Here you can find out how to create a bottle garden and why coffee grounds are suitable as fertilizer.
Sources used: mdr.de ,wohnfuehlen-blog.de