Hydroponics For Beginners: Not potting soil but expanded clay and water

Growing plants in water is a the technique that is suitable for all plants even succulents that are known to need little water. With this cultivation, flowers are placed inside transparent containers.  The current article explains this technique.

In recent years, hydroponics, which is a technique of agricultural origin that has now arrived in our homes, is becoming more popular. With this practice, traditional potting soil is replaced by expanded clay and water. Let’s take a look at how to grow plants.

How hydroponics works ?

Hydroponics is the process of growing plants in water. With this cultivation, flowers are placed inside transparent containers because we need to constantly monitor the ratio of water to roots. If we are not gardening experts and are novices, we can resort to the water gauge. Before we put the plant inside the pot, we need to clean the roots of soil residue using running water and cut off the dry ones with scissors.

The plants inside the pots are supported by a layer of expanded clay pellets; the substrate should cover two-thirds of the height of the pot. In addition to clay, other materials can be added, such as fertilizer granules that are used to give nutrition to the plant. In some cases, it is enriched with purely decorative elements such as colored pebbles, transparent stones or gel balls that retain water so as to turn the plant into a decorative element. The important thing is that it is neither too fine nor too thick because the roots must be free to be able to grow in any direction. In fact, with the help of a stick we have to widen and push the roots to the bottom, so that if we lift the plant, it does not come out of the pot.

The plants suitable for hydroponics :

The technique is suitable for all plants, but there are some that particularly benefit from it. Among the most suitable are cuttings since they can adapt well to the clay layer. The same goes for ficus, dracaena or the aromatic plant rosemary. This technique also has excellent results with plants of tropical origin such as orchid. On the other hand, if we love plants with flowers, we can experiment with growing hibiscus, spataphyllum or anthurium. Among succulents, not all of them accept this type of cultivation, but there are some that benefit from it such as aloe. All that remains is to choose our favorite plant is to fill the house with color and fragrance!

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