Ever felt like growing a plant but you are simply too lazy to gather all the items and materials? Well, we have the perfect solution for you – bottled plants. With just a used bottle, one can easily begin their journey as a green thumb. In fact, any container that is not made of copper, brass, or lead will do the trick. This method is great for anyone looking for a low maintenance method and do not want to deal with the mess that soil can bring when it comes to soil-grown plants. Since the houseplants we are recommending today do not require soil to grow, they are also less susceptible to diseases and pest infestation that oftentimes occur to soil-grown plants. If you are interested and know of any member of your household who might be interested in this activity, read on.
There are many varieties of plants that thrive well in water, and it is technically a common practice in propagation. When gardening enthusiasts choose to grow plants in water, they usually clip a part of the plant and begin cultivating them in a bottle or container. The downside to growing plants in water is that they typically take a longer time to mature compared to their soil-grown counterparts, but they stay lush for a longer period of time. This is a fair trade-off and helps to liven up your indoor living space for a longer time should that be your main purpose to grow plants indoors in the first place.
As mentioned, growing plants in water would require a bottle or container. We would recommend it to be opaque to prevent algae from forming. However, you can get around this by either spray-painting the exterior of the bottle or simply changing the water regularly. The material of the container should not be made of metals as it will pose a problem for the plant down the road.
Up next is to obtain some growing media to serve as a substitute for soil. Some recommendations are florist’s foam, pebbles, beads, and marbles. A mix of these will do fine as well. If you have some charcoal at hand, then you can also add a little bit into the mix, which will keep the water clear for a prolonged period. This step is completely optional and you can skip it if you want to.
Now, prepare a mixture of water and fertilizer to be used for the plant. The fertilizer mentioned here should be water-soluble and you can purchase this at your local gardening store. Use the recommended amount as per the product instructions and you are set.
With the setup done, we can now move on to pick the specific type of houseplant you would like to cultivate indoors. The four houseplants that we recommend and will be exploring in detail are the Arrowhead plant, English Ivy plant, Dumbcane plant, and the Chinese Evergreen plant. These plants are chosen as they are beginner-friendly, and should not pose too much of a problem so long as the necessary care and attention are given to ensure their growth. Read on for a more detailed look into the specifics of growing each of the four recommended houseplants.
The arrowhead plant is a favorite indoor plant for many gardening enthusiasts due to how easy it is to care for this specific plant. This plant will vine as it matures and hence it is recommended to grow it in an alleviated space. Alternatively, interested growers can provide support in the form of a pole or trellis for proper growth. Due to its vining property, the arrowhead plant makes a good addition to any indoor vertical garden.
The optimal temperature for arrowhead plants is between 16 to 24 degrees celsius. They also thrive best in areas with high humidity but take note not to overdo it as it may result in the rotting of its roots, potentially damaging the plant. People living in regions with high humidity can consider growing this plant due to its growing conditions. Otherwise, some extra attention may be required during drier periods of the year, including the winter season. You can do so by misting the plant more frequently. This plant requires fertilizers monthly for healthy growth. Moreover, it only needs average light but it is best to place them away from direct sunlight which will probably burn the plant.
It is advisable to re-pot them once the roots outgrow the container they are placed in. Should you be planning to trim or clip the plant for various reasons, remember to wear a glove as its sap may irritate your skin.
This specific ivy loves shady areas. Similar to the arrowhead, it is a vining plant, and hence, growing them in a hanging basket is ideal. You may consider a trellis for vertical support for this plant as well.
Caring for this plant is relatively easy. Simply ensure that they have enough moisture and water. Fertilizers should be used sparingly only when you feel that the plant is not growing properly. They also usually take pretty long to mature, and rapid growth only occurs in their second year.
This plant is perfect for bringing some much needed lush greeny to any living space but requires slightly more upkeep amongst the four houseplants.
The dumbcane plant is susceptible to overwatering so keep it moist in moderation. For its lighting requirements, this plant prefers filtered light over direct light. This means that you may have to place this plant behind a curtain or a window filter. This is because direct sunlight can easily burn its new leaves. Fertilize it twice monthly and it should exhibit healthy growth.
Snip off any browning leaves and check for pests that may be residing in the plant. Lastly, keep this plant away from the reach of children and pets as its leaves may be harmful when ingested.
Chinese Evergreen Plant
This the easiest plant to care for out of the four and it is adaptable to most conditions. However, an ideal growing condition for the Chinese Evergreen would be areas of low light and a temperature of around 21 degrees celsius.
Water and fertilize the plant moderately and trim the plant when necessary. It is also advisable to check for pests that may be of potential harm to the plant regularly.
We hope that this article has brought some clarity for those interested in keeping a houseplant. As you can see, the process is actually very manageable and even children with some supervision are capable of doing so. If you have been putting off your houseplant plans, now is a good time to kickstart your journey.