Over the last few years, succulent has become a trendy item in many households. You can easily find tons of pics of Succulents as home decor flooded over Instagram and Facebook. But if you are someone who tends to forget to give much attention to plants or not an everyday-new-flower kind of person, then growing your succulents in water might be the thing for you.
Why you should grow your indoor plants in the water
You can't overwater them. Succulents are quite sensitive when it comes to watering. But little did we know that the main culprit why succulents rot due to being overwatered is when they sit for a long time in wet soil. So growing succulents in water means they are not being exposed to the pathogens that are present in the soil. Hence, it reduces the chance of getting root rot.
Disease and pests free (which can be a real problem in winter). Having a soil-free environment for succulents helps them be less vulnerable to soil-borne pests and diseases. Plus, since this procedure is normally being done in a glass container, it lets you see whether a disease or pest infestation is starting to affect your plant. Giving you the chance to deal with them right away, reducing the risk of harming your plants.
They require very little attention. Since growing succulents in water don't require the same level of care compared to when grown in soil, you can enjoy more time doing other stuff because, in this procedure, there's no need for such hard work. All you need to do is set it up, refill the water at least once a month, then sit back, and observe their growth.
They look pretty fancy in a flower pot. Since growing succulents in water are usually being done in a glass container or a glass flower vase, which makes the process more beautiful than what it is now. Plus, doing so certainly adds to the aesthetics of your home. Plus, it allows you to show off the fruits of your labor in growing them.
What types of succulent to try
Jades, Sempervivum and Echeveria are the best candidates for this method. They are easy to propagate and multiply easily, which allows you to try again for a bunch of times if you fail in your first go. Plus, they take well to water rooting.
Cactuses can also be grown in water but the technique in doing so is quite different and longer compared to other houseplants, as you have to wait for at least a week or more (depending on the weather) for the cut side to be completely dry and scar, before proceeding to next steps.
How to grow succulents in water
Step 1. Choose a cutting. Let it callous well. This takes a few days to a week and prevents the cutting from taking up too much water and rot.
Step 2. When you’re ready to root the calloused cutting, put it in a jar with. Some gardeners have better success dipping the stem into the water but from our experience, you should make sure the tip is right above the water, not touching them. Especially if your succulents do not callous well, dipping them in water can cause root rot.
Step 3. Wait patiently, a few weeks, until a root system grows. Also, keep them out of direct sunlight to avoid damaging your plant.
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Don’t be discouraged if you fail a few times! It is not easy to try doing something for the first time and you will eventually get better over time.
Check the water level once in a while. Make sure that it is just below the plant’s stem and change it if needed.
Keep in mind that water roots and soil roots are very different from each other and a succulent that has adapted to living in water will most probably die if transplanted into soil. But if you must transfer your plant, use a soil specifically for succulents and cactus and ensure you keep the soil quite moist in the beginning. Use a pot that has proper drainage, and to always throw any excess water from the saucer.
Growing succulents in water is actually faster and has a better success rate compared to when growing them in soil, which is why a lot of people prefer to take this path in growing their collection. So if you are someone who always wants to try something new or have tried doing so again and again but have no luck, this procedure is definitely worth a try!
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