While the trend for decking out our interiors with granny plants, terrariums, and dried flowers is still going strong, some green thumbs are incorporating a new style of green decor into their homes: A water garden, cultivated via water propagation.
It’s a simple technique that doesn’t require soil or a pot, so you’re growing plants directly in a jar with water. And nothing else. Here’s how you can get started.
What kind of space do you need for a water garden?
Just about anyone and everyone have space for a water garden. If you don’t have a garden and don’t feel like getting your hands into the dirt, water gardening is a good option. You just have to free the roots of a plant and place them in a container, preferably transparent, to enjoy the nice contrast effect between the roots and the leaves.
What kind of plants should I choose?
There’s a multitude of options. The easiest is to take cuttings from plants you already have. Ivy, for example, will gladly take root in water. And it also works with your monstera, that pretty graphic plant with holes in the leaves, or your philodendron.
For experienced gardeners, nothing is stopping you from choosing pond plants that grow underwater. But beware, these plants may need moss and substrate, essentially recreating an ecosystem close to their natural environment. This is quite different and requires more knowledge.
When should I change the water?
You only have to change the water if it’s stagnant or dirty.
What kind of containers should I use?
This is your chance to be original and pick something in your style. Anything is possible from a glass water bottle to a jar, to test tubes. As pretty as it is elegant, the transparency of the containers plays with the branching out of the roots.
And after that?
Once your plants have taken root, you are free to replant them in a pot or to let them continue to grow quietly in the water.
This article was published via AFP Relaxnews