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If you wish to nurture some greenery at home, without devoting much time, the easiest option is to grow plants in the water. “There are several benefits to growing plants in water. It requires minimum maintenance. It is not messy and most of these plants are also disease and pest-resistant,” says Vinayak Garg, founder, Lazy Gardener.
Containers for indoor water plants
“One can grow water plants in almost any container that can hold water. However, it is better to use glass containers having a thin neck, to hold and support the plant. With glass containers, one can see the roots and keep a check on the water level,” states Garg. Fish bowls, recycled old bottles, glasses, jars and slim test tubes, can also be used for this purpose.
Where should you place indoor water plants?
Many indoor plants grow in water, without soil. Adding those plants to the shelves, table tops and mantles, can bring positive energy into your home. Depending on the space and the size of the container, one can use water plants in a creative way, to brighten up the home. You can create a stunning centerpiece, or enhance a corner by grouping a few plants, or enliven the wall with a vertical garden, by placing the plants on a shelf.
“It is important to place the water plants properly. Place them in a bright area with indirect light, for best results. Typically, these plants grow well in places that are warm and the temperatures do not change very quickly. Humid climate is the best for most plants,” adds Garg.
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How to nurture indoor water plants
- Cut-off a couple of inches of a healthy stem right before a node and include at least two nodes with the stem. Make the cut around one-fourth of an inch below the node, with a clean sharp knife or scissors.
- Remove a few leaves from the bottom. Place the cut stem in a clean glass or bottle. Pour enough water at room temperature, to cover the nodes.
- Place the plant in a spot where it receives bright to moderate indirect sunlight.
- Change the water every four to five days, to avoid growth of mosquito larvae or algae.
- Do not submerge the leaves under the water.
- Change the water at regular intervals.
Indoor plants that can easily grow in water
This is an excellent plant for growing in water. Place the plant in a bright area but not direct sunlight. To promote its growth in water, change the water every week till the roots start growing. Later, change the water every month.
Many people choose this plant, as its roots grow easily. These are ideal for bottles or vases with narrow necks. The leaves of the Chinese evergreen plants or aglaonema species comes in eye-catching colour variants. Change the water every two days.
This air purifying water creeper can aesthetically enhance any desk, table, wall or bathroom, as it can be arranged in different ways. Money plant (Pothos) is an easy to grow indoor water plant. You can grow money plants from its cuttings, in a jar filled with tap water. Change the water every 20 days and clean the jar to keep any algae away.
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Wandering Jew or Tradescantia zebrina is a perennial evergreen plant that adds to the aesthetic vibe in any room with its lovely leaves that are green in the centre and have hues of purple on its underside. Avoid too much direct sunlight as it can prevent its roots from growing. Wandering Jew plants are extremely resilient and sturdy houseplants.
Syngonium or arrowhead makes for an interesting addition indoors. This low-maintenance plant can also be grown successfully without soil. Place a glass jar where the plant can get bright, indirect sunlight. A window sill or table top is a good location for growing arrowhead vines in water. In any case, avoid direct sun exposure. These plants can reduce components of indoor air pollution.
Thanks to Feng Shui, lucky bamboo is one of the most popular plants, as it is believed to attract positive energy and good luck. Fill a container with enough water to cover the roots. Place the bamboo plant in indirect sunlight. Use pebbles and marbles to balance the stems of the plant and hold it in place in the water. Change the water every fortnight.
Says Surbhi Mehta, a homemaker from Pune, who has arranged indoor water plants in her living room and study: “In two vases, I have tall spiral bamboos and in between them, I have kept a Buddha idol on a tray filled with small rocks and a fountain. I enjoy nurturing indoor water plants, as it creates a Zen-like ambience at home.”
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What indoor plants can grow in water?
Philodendron, Aglaonema, Pothos, Wandering Jew, Syngonium and lucky bamboo are some indoor plants that can grow in water.
Do water plants need sunlight?
Keep indoor water plants in an area that receives ample indirect sunlight.
How often should indoor plants be watered?
Depending on the type of plant, the water should be changed between one or three weeks.