Growing houseplants in water - Leaf Culture

Growing houseplants in water

Easier than you think...

Growing plants directly in water is actually surprisingly easy. It's also contradictory to what a lot of people think because we know that giving plants too much water is the quickest way to kill them.
That said, growing houseplants in water has become increasingly popular among gardening enthusiasts because of its simplicity and low-maintenance requirements. This method of plant propagation, also known as hydroponics, involves growing plants in a water-based solution instead of soil.
So how does growing directly in water make a difference?
Well, it's simple. The reason why growing plants in water works so well is that water contains much fewer bacteria than soil. Wet soil or water logged soil becomes anaerobic which means there's no oxygen available and then bacteria step in and do a really good job at rotting roots. This is the end of the line for the houseplant.
So what exactly do you need?
All you need is a container filled with water and a healthy plant cutting. You can use any type of container, from a glass jar to a plastic bottle, as long as it has a narrow neck that will support the stem of the cutting.
Since the roots are visible, you can easily see if the plant needs more water or nutrients. This makes it easier to prevent over or under watering, which can be detrimental to the plant's health. If the leaves are looking a touch yellow, simply get some of your plant feed, add a little to the water and leave it to sit for 48 hours so it can absorb the nutrients.

Afterwards, replace the water with fresh to avoid algae growing on the glass.

Overall, growing houseplants in water is an easy and rewarding way to enjoy the beauty of indoor plants. With a little patience and the right equipment, anyone can successfully grow a variety of houseplants in water. So, if you're looking for a low-maintenance way to add some greenery to your home, consider giving hydroponics a try!