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Hydroponic plants are those that don’t need soil as a growing medium. They live in nutrient-rich water or a hydroponic solution and can be found in just about any setting from your kitchen to the office. Hydroponics is a subset of hydroculture, which means it’s basically taking care of plants by giving them what they need to grow and thrive without dirt. If you’re interested in hydroponics for yourself, here are five hydroponic houseplants that will keep your home looking great all year round!
What is a hydroponic garden and why should you grow it?
As mentioned, hydroponics is a hydroculture technique that can be used to grow plants in water, without the use of soil. The word hydroponic comes from two Greek words, hydro meaning water and ponos meaning labor or work. Hydroponics literally translates to “working in water.”
It is also called aquaponics which uses both hydroponic and aquacultural techniques. Aquaculture refers to the cultivation of aquatic organisms such as fish, molluscs, crustaceans, algae, etc., while hydroponics refers specifically to growing terrestrial plants without soil or other organic matter
Hydro grown produce has been shown to contain higher concentrations of vitamins C and E than traditionally grown produce. Studies show that hydrolyzed plants have a higher concentration of antioxidants. The hydroponic production of hydrolyzed tomatoes showed an approximately five-fold increase in the antioxidant lycopene.
Hydroponic produce is easier to grow than traditionally grown produce because it does not require soil, water, or pesticides, which makes hydroponics an environmentally sustainable option.
How to Set Up a Hydroponics System?
The hydroponics system is a good way to grow plants. Here’s a guide on how to set up a hydroponics system in your home.
- A bucket, jug or other containers as a hydroponic planter
- Potting soil; Hydroponic nutrients such as Epsom salts and fish tank gravel or perlite
- A hydroponic plant
Fill the hydroponic planter with potting soil and add a layer of hydroponic nutrients for a boost of minerals and vitamins. Sprinkle some Epsom salt between the top layer of potting soil and hydroponic nutrients if you want to help keep pests away from your plants.
Add your hydroponic plant(s) to the hydroponic planter and fill it with hydroponic nutrients or hydroponic nutrient solution. It’s also a good idea to add a couple of fish tank rocks or perlite for drainage.
Set up your hydroponics system in an area that gets at least six hours of sunlight a day. Consider lining hydroponic planters up on a tray or hydroponics system that will catch spills in case of hydroponic nutrients overflow too much.
Water hydroponic plants every two or three days by filling the hydroponic system with water until it pours over the top of the hydroponics planter and flows out the hydroponic plant’s holes.
5 Best Hydroponic Houseplants For the Home
If you’re looking for hydroponic plants that are both stylish and carefree, then look no further than these five hydroponic houseplants.
Mostly referred to as the famous Golden Pothos is a type of epiphytic plant originating from south-east Asia, pothos is a popular choice among hydroponics enthusiasts due to its hardy nature. It does well in low light conditions and loves being watered regularly. To propagate, simply remove a leaf from the vine and place it in water. It’s best to keep these plants on the dry side between watering sessions just to be safe. Staying hydrated is key for this plant! If you plan to keep this plant outdoors, be sure to have a good water system in place in your garden.
The Peace Lily is one hydroponic houseplant that’s known to be both native and beneficial for the home. In fact, it probably won’t take you long before you see how great this plant looks in an interior setting. The peace lily is a popular hydroponics choice because it naturally removes harmful toxins from the air such as carbon dioxide, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. It’s also easy to maintain hydroponics style with Peace Lilies in that you can simply place it in a planter full of water or soil. To keep the peace lily hydrated, try using distilled white vinegar.
Also known as the Swiss Cheese Plant, this hydroponics houseplant is unique because of its perforated leaves. It’s not only hydroponics friendly but also can be kept in many different types of hydroponic planters as it prefers bright light conditions. One great hydroponic feature about the Monstera Adansonii is that it requires little to no hydroponics maintenance at all, making it an excellent hydroponics plant for hydroponics beginners. Read the full Monstera Adansonii care guide here.
The hydroponic houseplant Aglaonema is popular because of its ease of care and its variety of colours. It’s not only hydroponics friendly but also can be kept in many different types of hydroponic planters as it prefers bright light conditions. One great hydroponics feature about the Aglaonema is that it requires little to no maintenance at all, making it an excellent hydroponic houseplant for beginners.
Dieffenbachia (Dumb Cane)
Also known as the Dumb Cane or Mother-In-Law Plant, this hydroponics houseplant is popular because of its striking appearance and easy hydroponics care requirements. It’s an excellent hydroponics plant for hydroponics beginners in that it requires little to no maintenance at all. This hydroponics houseplant prefers bright light conditions and let’s not forget that it also removes harmful toxins from the air as well.
So, hydroponic houseplants are a great addition to your indoor garden because they are carefree and you don’t have to stick with just potted plants. For hydroponic plants, garden care is easier than you think because hydroponic gardening allows you to skip the soil. Plus hydroponics has a bigger range of plants to choose from. With hydroponics, there are also no weeds, which means less pulling unwanted plants out of your potted hydroponic garden – yes, please!
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