Dive into Hydroculture: A Step-by-Step Guide

Ever considered trying your hand at hydroculture but felt unsure where to begin? Look no further! Growing plants in water is a straightforward, cost-effective, and intuitive practice, surpassing conventional cultivation methods. Let’s explore together, step by step, how to embark on the journey of growing plants in water.

Materials Needed:

  • Jar or old transparent glass vase
  • Felt-tip pen
  • Expanded clay or perlite

Getting Started:

  1. Select a jar, an old transparent glass vase, or even repurpose a jar of honey or jam.
  2. Thoroughly wash both the chosen container and the expanded clay or perlite.
  3. Use a felt-tip pen to mark the base level inside the container, indicating where the roots will rest on the expanded clay.

Choosing and Preparing Plants:

  1. Opt for either young plants or those with cuttings already rooted in water.
  2. Gently extract the chosen plant from its pot, carefully removing all soil around the roots. Ensure the roots are healthy and free from rot or disease.
  3. Wash the roots under running water and place the plant in the prepared jar.
  4. Begin inserting the expanded clay between the roots without applying pressure. Instead, gently shake the jar downwards to position the clay effectively in all spaces.
  5. Once completed, tap the sides and bottom of the jar to encourage adherence and proper arrangement.

Watering Techniques:

  1. The previously marked level serves as a guide to prevent overwatering the plant. Roots in hydroculture absorb water through capillarity.
  2. When the water level drops below the marked point, wait a couple of days before replenishing it with fresh water.
  3. Use a specialized dispenser or a narrow-mouth watering can for precision.
  4. Embrace the advantages of recycling and cost savings while maintaining control over the root condition.
  5. In the following days, add water gradually as needed, avoiding overhydration to prevent root rot.

Embark on this delicate transition from soil to water, and with careful execution, you’ll find gratifying results in your hydroculture endeavors.