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pengyou426
Mar 25, 2018 3:57 AM CST
I love house plants - would love to see a small forest in my house, but I often am gone for 2-3 days at a time. For this reason, I would love to grow my house plants hydroponically. Right now I only have spider plants but soon want to expand my plant choice to a large variety of plants.

What method of hydroponic gardening is best for green, non flowering, non fruiting house plants? I have a bunch of 5 liter water bottles that I would like to paint different colors and use. It would add some decor value to the house, but if these will not work I can look into something else.
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sallyg
Mar 25, 2018 7:44 AM CST
<s>Healthy houseplants should not need watering more than every few days- preferable closer to once a week.</s>
Sorry, i think I misunderstood your question
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Mar 25, 2018 8:58 AM CST
There are dozens of different kinds of hydroponic systems. Most are quite expensive and not designed for standard residential settings. But perhaps, you simply want to grow plants in random containers filled with water.

Can you provide more detail as to what you are seeking?
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Beijing, China
pengyou426
Mar 25, 2018 9:08 AM CST
Thanks to both of you. Part of this is just an introductory experiment so that I can get my feet wet in hydroponics (pun intended). The other part...I would like to have a hole wall of green plants in my home. I live in Beijing, China and air quality, while much, much better than 10 years ago, is still in need of some help. Spider plants are ranked highly for their ability to clean air..there are a few others as well. I am thinking of 4 or 5 rows of plants, stacked one on top of the other, about 10 feet long, if I can make the space. I was looking at hydroponics because in hp you take care of the water in the tank after everything is set up. I wouldn't have to go to each plant and water it - just to do trimmings.
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WillC
Mar 25, 2018 9:20 AM CST
Ignore those lists of plants that allegedly are best ay air cleaning. Plants will help some, but not as much as you think. Plants are best at pollutant removal when they are healthy and growing vigorously and provide lots of leaf surface. A Spider Plant is poor light will be useless for cleaning the air. Select plants based on their light requirements and your ability to provide that light.

Good hydroponic systems are not as simple to maintain as it appears. There needs to be a mechanism to circulate the water and inject appropriate nutrient solutions. I suggest that you do a search for "hydroponic home systems " or for "living walls."
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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Name: Sally
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sallyg
Mar 25, 2018 11:36 AM CST
I had a class in fish farming (way back when) and had an aquarium as a kid (way more back when) and the idea of hydroponics is very interesting. Daunting, too. Theoretically, could you have a series of containers linked by hoses so that they all keep the same level of water? Then you could add water at one point, instead of many individuals. a series of vases or large glass jars with plants...?

Will's correct about the air cleaning. But lots of green plants still feels good.

There's a lot more to understand than can be described in a chat thread like this. Someone else may post a good link.
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WillC
Mar 25, 2018 1:10 PM CST
I agree. The psychological benefits of plants are unchallenged!
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