How to grow in hydroculture: how to switch plants from land to water without making mistakes


Interested in venturing into hydroculture but unsure of where to begin? This tutorial is tailored just for you! Cultivating plants in water is a straightforward, cost-effective, and intuitive practice, surpassing traditional soil cultivation. Let’s explore the step-by-step process of starting your journey into growing plants in water.

The transition from soil to water requires finesse, but when executed correctly, it brings great satisfaction. Begin with a jar, an old transparent glass vase, or even a honey or jam jar. Equip yourself with a felt-tip pen, expanded clay or perlite, and ensure thorough washing of both the container and the chosen medium.

Using the marker, designate the base level—where the roots will rest on the expanded clay. Opt for either young plants or those with water-rooted cuttings. Extract the plant from its pot and delicately remove all soil from the roots, ensuring their health. Wash them under running water and place them in the jar.

Start inserting the expanded clay between the roots without applying pressure, gently shaking the jar to position the clay accurately. Once done, tap the sides and bottom of the jar to secure and arrange the clay.

How should watering be approached?

The previously marked level serves as a guide to prevent overwatering. In hydroculture, roots absorb water through capillarity, so maintaining the right water level is crucial. When the water drops below the base level, wait a couple of days before replenishing it. Use a specialized dispenser or a narrow-mouthed watering can.

The benefits include recycling, cost savings, and the ability to monitor root health continually. In the following days, as you observe the water decreasing, add small amounts, being mindful not to overdo it and risk root rot.