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How To Grow Houseplants In Water

Updated on July 3, 2016

About 16 years ago I was visiting a client's office, a Jersey City lawyer. He had some plants sitting on the register by a window. One caught my eye because the top was covered in little pebbles instead of dirt. I complimented Alan on the plant and he explained that it was growing in water and those pebbles filled the pot instead of dirt. He had found the plant in a shop at the Jersey Shore. Intrigued by the idea I took the trip to the shore and found the store and bought my first hydroculture plant, an orchid.

After we moved to Arizona I ordered a couple of kits and transplanted some dirt plants to water systems. At first, I liked the challenge and the process and converted a lot of dirt plants to hydroculture. As time progressed I began to appreciate some of the caregiver advantages - the plants grow on their own, with little effort. A major advantage for me was the plant watering issue. I was then doing a lot of traveling which meant houseplants could get neglected for weeks. Hydroculture plants can be topped off and potentially go for weeks, depending on the house humidity, growing season etc.

Today, my houseplant care largely consists of occasionally adding some water to the plants - weekly or longer, depending on when I think of it. Pretty passive; pretty painless; pretty plants.

You can grow houseplants in water!

Some plants from our house...

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The quilts were made by JudyThe doll was rescued and restored by My Aunt OrphieYou can put hydro plants almost anywhere, because you don't have to get at them a lot!Look closely and you can see the little water indicator.Decorating with plants is easy!The quilt is much nicer looking than the plant!Who says cuttings have to be in little glasses?
The quilts were made by Judy
The quilts were made by Judy
The doll was rescued and restored by My Aunt Orphie
The doll was rescued and restored by My Aunt Orphie
You can put hydro plants almost anywhere, because you don't have to get at them a lot!
You can put hydro plants almost anywhere, because you don't have to get at them a lot!
Look closely and you can see the little water indicator.
Look closely and you can see the little water indicator.
Decorating with plants is easy!
Decorating with plants is easy!
The quilt is much nicer looking than the plant!
The quilt is much nicer looking than the plant!
Who says cuttings have to be in little glasses?
Who says cuttings have to be in little glasses?

Here is a cross section that shows plant roots, pebbles and water level meter

From Purlec.ca
From Purlec.ca

Did you ever think that your houseplants could grow in water?

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    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 

      5 years ago from Germany

      Thanks for sharing. I have to try this. I have some peebles as decorations and will use this for tha plant. Voted up and useful;-)

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      stacy 

      8 years ago

      amazing isn't it

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      Terry Thinktank 

      10 years ago from India

      Thank you for that gorgeous idea. Will strat work on it this weekend.

    • Bob Ewing profile image

      Bob Ewing 

      10 years ago from New Brunswick

      I have yet to try hydroponics but plan to, helpful hub.

    • jstankevicz profile imageAUTHOR

      jstankevicz 

      10 years ago from Cave Creek

      Muhammad lqbal, The hydroculture pebbles are porous and wick the moisture to the roots. Using solid pebbles doesn't work well for most plants. You want to find expanded clay pebbles. Try Luwasa at this link http://www.luwasa.ch/en/home.html

      They have a distributor in Singapor that may be able to help you get the right pebbles. http://www.luwasa.ch/en/sg.html

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      Muhammad Iqbal 

      10 years ago

      Hi, I think you are all the best and happy life.I send email from pakistan I like your efforts in hydroculture then I like to grow house plants hydroculter system.please guide me for the hydroculture system.I am check for the pebbles in our nearest plants store but here not available pebbles may I used any kind of stone for hydroculture plants.Thanks for your coperation.Iqbal.

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      Muhammad Iqbal 

      10 years ago

      Hi, I think you are all the best and happy life.I send email from pakistan I like your efforts in hydroculture then I like to grow house plants hydroculter system.please guide me for the hydroculture system.I am check for the pebbles in our nearest plants store but here not available pebbles may I used any kind of stone for hydroculture plants.Thanks for your coperation.Iqbal.

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      Mark 

      11 years ago

      Great results,beautiful will try this out on our plants.

    • Mark Sconce profile image

      Mark Sconce 

      11 years ago from Mesa

      Could this lead to a discussion of epiphytic bromeliads, that don't even need watering?

    • home interiors profile image

      home interiors 

      11 years ago

      Nice hub, I love decorating but do not have green fingers so your advice is most welcome. I can stop murdering my house plants now!

    • Katherine Baldwin profile image

      Katherine Baldwin 

      11 years ago from South Carolina

      I haven't tried house plants in hydroponics, but we grow various herbs, lettuce and cherry tomatoes. It's great being able to have the fresh herbs and vegetables year round no matter what the outside climate happens to be. I'll have to try converting some of my houseplants. Great information - Thank You

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      Rmnathan 

      11 years ago from Sharjah

      Good information. Thanks.

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      Marye Audet 

      11 years ago

      I always wondered how it was done..thanks!

    • cgull8m profile image

      cgull8m 

      11 years ago from North Carolina

      I have never tried it would love to do this soon. They look lovely indoors.

    • jstankevicz profile imageAUTHOR

      jstankevicz 

      11 years ago from Cave Creek

      Thanks for the nice feedback folks.

    • raymondphilippe profile image

      Raymond Philippe 

      11 years ago from The Netherlands

      Great results you have with plants.

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      Jason Menayan 

      11 years ago from San Francisco

      Very true! We actually put (normal) bamboo plants into our aquarium - they look great and the fish love them!

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      Cory Zacharia 

      11 years ago

      Thank you for this beautiful hub with valuable indoor gardening advice! I'm going to Home Depot asap to buy garden pebbles!

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