CONVERTING HOUSEPLANTS TO HYDROPONIC

Moving a regular soil-bound houseplant into water is an excellent way to grow plants if you want to have some plants indoors but have trouble keeping them alive and healthy. This is called converting it to “hydroponic,” and the following tutorial explains a simple way to do it step-by-step.

MATERIALS:
– regular houseplant
– clear container of choice
– water
– (optional) fertilizer for hydroponic plants
– (optional) bucket for soaking dirty plant roots

STEP 1: CHOOSE YOUR CONTAINER
You can use pretty much anything you want, but the process will work best with translucent or clear containers because this provides maximal amounts of light to the plant. Make sure the container is washed and ready for the plant before you get started.

STEP 2: REMOVE THE DIRT FROM THE PLANT
Carefully take the plant out of the existing container and very gently break apart the dirt. You can also give it a light shake to remove large amounts of dirt. Gently massage the roots under a low pressure of running water or soak the plant in water for 15-20 minutes to get out the remaining dirt. We have also had success with cleaning out the dirt using an old tooth brush while it was sitting in the water. Either way, rinse and repeat until mostly clean.

STEP 3: TRANSFER THE PLANT TO A CLEAN CONTAINER
Carefully put the plant in its new container and fill it with just enough to cover a majority of the roots and still leave a small section exposed to the air. This allows for proper oxygenation of the plant roots.

STEP 4: FEED THE PLANT AND ENJOY
Hydroponic plants get most of the nutrients they need from water, but you may choose to occasionally fertilize it. Be sure to use a fertilizer specifically made for hydroponic plants and follow the instructions on the label.

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