Houseplants forum: Plants that can grow in water?

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Name: Grace
Indiana (Zone 6b)
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gracesplants
Mar 13, 2019 11:47 PM CST
I just got an English Ivy and I read somewhere that they can be kept bare root in a vase/bowl/container of water. Is this true or will it kill the plant? I've fallen in love with having water plants (I have some lucky bamboo in a vase of water) and I would love to add more to my collection! Could anyone give me a list of some plants that can thrive living bare root in water? Preferably low/medium light plants. Thanks!
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Mar 14, 2019 9:39 AM CST
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Mar 14, 2019 11:04 AM CST
Hello Grace, I have done a different variation of growing some plants in water. Just because I am lazy at times, and I may forget to refill water, or the water may stink as well. So I use water gel beads, allowing moisture to the roots and at the same time good airflow which roots also need. The gel beads deflates in time, and can easily be seen visually, so I just add some new water to inflate them again.

Another method I use is semi-hydro, having a container with two holes about two inches from the bottom to act as excess water drain drip holes, and using leca clay rocks. So I temporarily cover the holes as I fill the water to the container rim, and then release it to allow just a small water reservoir below the drip holes. This allows the roots to get good airflow around, since clay rocks have many tiny holes too that may absorb moisture and gradually release it, and the roots naturally seek moisture below the reservoir.

As to plants grown in gel beads, I have tried Golden Pothos, Spider plant (Cholorophytum comosum), Dracaena sanderiana. Just adding, I also have an ongoing experiment growing Amaryllis semi-hydro.
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Name: Gina
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Gina1960
Mar 14, 2019 12:03 PM CST
Many plants will, but some would need a larger thing than just a glass vase. Think planted aquarium! Dracaena, Angaloema, Dieffenbachia, some Anthuria, some palms, Spathiphyllum, Anubias....some of the plants sold as immersed (i.e. grown UNDER the water) in aquariums can also be grown emmersed (with roots in water and leaves above the waterline)
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Gina1960
Mar 14, 2019 12:11 PM CST
These are some things that I just threw into the water in my greenhouse pond bare root and they are growing well



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Name: Gina
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Gina1960
Mar 14, 2019 12:18 PM CST
And these
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Name: Grace
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gracesplants
Mar 14, 2019 1:32 PM CST
Gina1960 said:And these
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I love the idea of a water planted maranta, but oh wow the second plant is so beautiful! Do you know what it's called?
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Mar 14, 2019 1:39 PM CST
Name: Grace
Indiana (Zone 6b)
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gracesplants
Mar 14, 2019 1:45 PM CST
Beautiful! I can't wait to get one now! Thank You! Thumbs up
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Hamwild
Mar 14, 2019 1:46 PM CST
I see them at Lowes sometimes. Smiling
Name: Grace
Indiana (Zone 6b)
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gracesplants
Mar 14, 2019 1:56 PM CST
Awesome! That's where I buy all my plants from! Thank You!
Name: Gina
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Gina1960
Mar 14, 2019 5:03 PM CST
That little pile was a $2.00 Exotic Angel back in the day when the smallest EA's were $2 I think that size is a dollar extra now LOL. It started as a terrestrial, then just kind of grew into the stream, and kept growing in the stream.
I plant a lot of those little inexpensive EA plants as ground covers in my greenhouse to add some color to the floor.
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Hamwild
Mar 14, 2019 5:44 PM CST
$3.98 to be exact. Glare I really have to think about $4. Lol
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Gina1960
Mar 14, 2019 5:52 PM CST
Yeah everything is so much more nowadays. I am glad I collected some things back in the day. I wouldn;t want to pay for them at today's prices
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Hamwild
Mar 14, 2019 6:02 PM CST
I was at Lowes earlier and the guy in front of me was talking about how he remembered buying a soda for $.10 back in the day. Blinking
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Name: Frenchy
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Frenchy21
Mar 14, 2019 9:09 PM CST
When I was a small kid, I used to pay .05 for a dairy queen ice cream cone. Big Grin
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
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Gina1960
Mar 15, 2019 6:34 AM CST
Ha I remember those days. Soft drinks came in bottles in those machines stacked up where you opened the door and pulled them out after you put your money in....a Dr. Pepper was 10 cents in the mid-1960's and if you gave the bottle back you got the bottle deposit. I remember as a kid, c1966-7, gas was .25 cents a gallon and my mother would pitch a hissy cuss and moan if it went up a penny.
Plants in the box store market can only go up so much or the market won;t bear the cost. But plants from collector sources can be as much as the seller wants to set them at.
It kind of encourages me that some things that never would have been widely available are not being tissue cultured and sold more widely. Maybe some of the more 'rare' alocasias like the little jewel alocasias and some of the more unusual aroids will one day make it to a Lowes near me.
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Anuele
Mar 17, 2019 9:24 AM CST
This is a very cool post - I am going to take inspiration from all the suggestions for sure. @gina1960 your plants look so gold - I really love the one with little purple stripes. I might take a trip to a local garden centre!
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Gina1960
Mar 19, 2019 1:57 PM CST
Add this anthurium to your list. Mine has been growing in the greenhouse pond for years
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