Budding home gardeners with not much space have another way of growing plants at home and without soil. And that’s through hydroponics.
Hydroponics is a farming approach where one grows plants without soil. Instead, they get their growth requirements from the air and the nutrient-filled water that circulates around their roots.
If indoor plants are grown using hydroponics, they can be placed in clear glass vases or bowls without using any growing media, thus eliminating dirt and mess from the area as well as over or underwatering. Plus, it allows gardeners to appreciate the architecture of the roots.
Almost any plant can be grown this way but there are particular species that are well suited to the technique. One example is the moth orchid or the phalaenopsis. Here’s how to do it:
Lift the plant gently out of its pot and remove any bark from its root ball. Then, snip off any roots that are brown or shriveled before lowering the plant into a glass container. Lastly, fill the vessel up with the nutrient-filled water until it covers the bottom third of the roots, leaving only the top third in the air.
The same technique can also be used on species such as monsteras, philodendrons, alocasias, begonias, and even lucky bamboo.
Liquid fertilizer can also be administered every once a month. Leave the plants to absorb this overnight and rinse them out the next day.
These are quick, straightforward approaches to a very creative indoor display that can allow gardeners to enjoy their hobby indoors without worrying about space.